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    Eighteenth-Century Armenian Psalter in a Superb Contemporary Binding

    Saghmos Davti vor yev kochi Saghmosaran (Psalms of David, also called Psalter). Venice: Printing House of Antonio Bortoli, 1755. Octavo. 5.5 by 3.5 inches. 384 pages. [Bound with:] Tomar karcharot (Abbreviated Calendar), by Abbot Mekhitar of Sebastia. Venice: Antoni Bortoli, 1755. Octavo. 40 pages. Nine engravings, ornaments at the beginning and end of chapters, decorative initials and margin illustrations. Excellent contemporary binding of red leather elaborately tooled in gilt, ornate gilt and gauffered edges, metal clasps present. Green silk moiré pastedown endliners, floral free endpapers. Boards slightly warped and cracking at the joints, one corner worn through, leather on clasps worn. Old bookseller ticket on verso of front endpaper, previous owner's ink name. Dampstaining to the top fore-edge corner of some leaves, occasional foxing and soiling, but generally a very clean copy in good or better condition. Printed by order of the Mekhitarist Congregation. It combines both books under one cover. The abbreviated calendar authored by Mekhitar of Sebastia, founder of the congregation, was first published alone in 1733 and then reprinted several times. It appears together with the Psalter in several editions. Number 559 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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