1913 Book of Gospels



Synodal Printshop


1913 - 1913


Paper, Ink, Silver, Mother of pearl, Paint and Gold leaf


W 19.5 cm x H 24.5 cm x D 5.5 cm

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Transfer. Holy Trinity Monastery. 2013


Book of Gospels printed by the Synodal Printshop, Moscow, 1913. Printed in black and red in Church Slavonic. Each Gospel is prefaced by a chromolithograph of Evangelist. 223 pages paginated in Church Slavonic numerals. Gilt page edges with gauffering. Silver cover with engraved scrolling foliage design. On front center is oval icon painted on mother of pearl depicting the resurrected Christ with the tomb and an angel behind Him. In corners of front cover are circular icons of Evangelists. On back cover is oval icon of Old Testament Trinity being served by Abraham, Sarah standing next to Oak of Mamre. Four balled feet on back cover. Two hinged silver clasps.

History Note

Book of Gospels was used in the Church of the Optina Elders at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marks: delta, kokoshnik facing right, 84 in oval; ЗА in rhombus.