TYPE: Book
COMPONENTS: 4to. (16), 336 pages. With 3 engraved plates and numerous woodcut text vignettes and initials. Contemporary calf with label to gilt spine.
CONDITION: Title page with small tear; slight water-staining in the outer blank margin. Binding rather strongly rubbed and with slight defects to the spine ends.
NOTES: Fairly rare; OCLC records only 1 copy. The Bodleian copy described by Nersesian is incomplete. Nersessian 218, Voskanian 825.
ITEM ID: 5463
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Encyclical Letter Of Nerses Written in 1165

DATE
Year: 1788
Decade: 1780s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

First edition of the famous encyclical letter of Nerses, written in 1165 when Nerses was elected Catholicos. His moral and educational address tot he scattered Armenian people “is an essential document for the training and guidance of society and has been the companion of many generations of the Armenian clergy for centuries” (Azat, Bozoyan, Monuments of Armenian Legal History).

As a valuable pastoral-thological work, it was widely distributed and counts as a classic.

According to scholar Sebouh Aslanian at UCLA, “Another important work by Nerses Shnorhali published by the Gregor Khaldarents press in Saint Petersburg. This is the same press that moved to the Russian capital from London in 1780 and subsequently migrated to Rostov.”

Only 16 Armenian books total were published in St. Petersburg between 1781 and 1788.

In this second copy of ours, please note the interesting calligraphy hand written on the last page. According to scholare, Արփի Աւետիսեան, “In my opinion it’s name, but I am not sure: Levon Sevachian.”