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    Armenian New Testament

    Nor Ktakaran Srbo Avetarani Dearn Mero Hisusi Kristosi (New Testament of the Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ). Venice: Printing House of Antoni Bortoli, 1720. Printed by order of the Mekhitarist Congregation. (Antoni Bortoli had a privilege for printing in the city, given by the Senate of Venice.) Octavo. 5.75 by 4 inches. 832 pages. Seven engravings plus head- and tail-pieces and ornamental initials. Lacks title page and colophon. Contemporary reddish-brown leather, covers bordered with a single gilt rule and triple-blind rules and corner pieces. Center medallions stamped in gilt, with the Crucifixion on the front and the Madonna on the rear. Spine in compartments with four raised bands, tooled with gilt rules and center devices. Gauffered gilt edges. Binding damaged where clasps once were, with the loss of some leather, rubbed and worn around edges, especially at corners. Head-and tail-bands loose, front endpaper torn with piece missing. Previous owners writing on endleaves, infrequent light soiling or foxing (sheets generally very clean), first engraving just attached at bottom of gutter margin. Despite these few faults, still an attractive copy in an appropriate period binding. Very good. Number 316 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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