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    Hymns of the Armenian Church

    Sharaknots (Hymnarium). Amsterdam: Printing House of Holy Echmiadzin and St. Sargis, 1664-1665. First edition of the collection of Hymns of the Armenian Church. Octavo. 779 pages. Illustrated with forty-nine fine engravings as well as head- and tail-ornaments, decorative initial letters, and ornaments in the margins. Contemporary binding of reddish-brown calf, elaborately stamped in gilt and with center vignettes. Gauffered edges. Binding worn, with front cover detached and clasps lacking, cracked down the center of the spine, and with other bumps and nicks with some loss, and small worm holes. Sheets are foxed and browned in places, and with some thumb-soiling. Small amount of worming to the pages in the rear of the book, mostly in the margin and extending at one point into the fore-edge. It contains Armenian musical notation and marginal notes. Published by Karapet Andrianatsi and Oskan Yerevantsi (the publisher of the first Armenian Bible in 1666). Number 55 in the Catalogue of Armenian Books. From the collection of a gentleman of New York.

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