TYPE: Book
COMPONENTS: 8 vo. 720 pages, title page with three-part architectural woodcut border; large ornamental headpieces; bird-shaped initials; with 46 large woodcuts (some page-sized) in the text; later half calf.
CONDITION: occasional slight brown-staining.
NOTES: Voskanian 150, Kevorkian 57, Nersessian 58
ITEM ID: 177
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Armenian Hymnal

DATE
Year: 1692
Decade: 1690s
Century: 17th (1601-1700)

Second virtually exact reprint of Oskan Ervants’i’s 1664 edition, with Christoffel van Sichem’s woodcut illustrations repeated (first issued thus by Vanadets’i in 1685). This is the principle canon of Armenian liturgical music, containing the 1166 canonical hymns (sharakan) sung in the Divine Office. It uses ‘khaz’ notation, the old Byzantine-like music system not really understood today.

Scholar of Armenian Studies at UCLA Sebouh Aslanian commented, “I think this is a beautiful edition and in really good shape.”

ARTISTS
Name: Matt'eos Vanadets'i
Type: Author
Name: Christoffel van Sichem
Type: Artist