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Lot 208

A complete Armenian book of Gospels, 16th century or earlier, Armenian manuscript on vellum, 303...

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Lot 208

A complete Armenian book of Gospels, 16th century or earlier, Armenian manuscript on vellum, 303...

Price Realised: £19,500

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 208


A complete Armenian book of Gospels, 16th century or earlier, Armenian manuscript on vellum, 303 pages, 3 (of 4) portraits of the Evangelists, Armenian binding of blind-tooled polished calf over thin wooden boards, red and white striped cloth board liners, stamped leather covered wooden board covers, folio 13.2 x 9.3cm.  (VAT charged on hammer price)




At the beginning of the fourth century Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity officially. The first text translated into Armenian was the Bible, produced by the scholars, St. Sahak (c.350-439) and his assistant Mesrop Mahtots (c.361-439). Gospel Books came to be the most treasured and lavish of Armenian books, and they were often revered as sacred relics and carried into battle at the head of armies.


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