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Nerses IV the Gracious (Nerses Shnorhali)
Preces Niersis Clajensis Sedecim-Linguis
In Insula S. Lazari, Venice, 1818. Pocket edition of the prayers of the twelfth-century Armenian saint Nerses IV. Venerated by both the Roman Catholic and Armenian Orthodox churches, Nerses is remembered for his efforts to reconcile the Armenian and Greek churches. In that spirit, this cycle of twenty-four prayers, one for each hour of the day, is translated here into sixteen languages: Armenian "literalis" and "vulgaris," Greek "literalis" and "vulgaris," Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, German, English, Dutch, Albanian, Serbian, Hungarian, Turkish, and Tartaric Armenian. This prayerbook was printed at the scholarly Mechitarist press on the island of San Lazzaro, part of the Armenian monastery in the Venetian lagoon: "Their culture, a fusion of East and West, appealed to the Venetians from the start" (Jan Morris, Venice). Most famously, Lord Byron spent months studying with the Armenian monks on the island, collaborating with Father Paschal Aucher on Grammar English and Armenian (1817) and A Grammar Armenian and English (1819). This is the earliest edition of Saint Nerses's prayers in sixteen languages; the monks would eventually issue them in an edition of twenty-four languages. OCLC locates four American holdings: NYPL, Newberry, Indiana, and Harvard. A near-fine example of a beautiful polyglot prayerbook. Eighteenmo, measuring 4.25 x 3 inches: 204. Contemporary pale pink vellum boards decoratively bordered in gilt, spine stamped in gilt, color-printed patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Copper-engraved portrait frontispiece, additional title page in Armenian, text prin … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA [Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.]

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