Book of Gospels
1892 - 1892
Paper, Ink and Leather
W 7.5 cm x H 10.5 cm x D 3.5 cm
Gift. Bagration-Mukhransky, Prince Teimuraz Konstantinovich
Book of Gospels. Published by the Synodal Printshop in Moscow, 1892. Printed in black. Chromolithograph icons of Evangelists precede each Gospel. First pages of each Gospel are partially printed in red and gold. Pagination in slavonic numerals. 604 pages + 4 pages at end with commemoration and colophon. Brown leather binding with gold tooling to covers and spine. Page edges are red with gold gauffered stars. Red, blue and green ribbon bookmarks attached. Reverse of title page is inscribed by Alexander III to Grand Duke Dmitrii Konstantinovich (1860-1919). Inserted into book as a bookmark is St. Anne ribbon. Among the pages are inserted a chromolithoraph paper icon of the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, an icon of the Virgin Mary with Arabic inscription, and photograph of a church in Ufa taken by Princess Tatiana Konstantinovna during a trip she went on as a child.
Presented to Grand Duke Dimitrii Konstantinovich (1860-1919) by Alexander III on 10 August 1892 in Peterhof. The Gospel was with the Grand Duke while incarcerated before his execution. Prince Teimuraz Bagration-Mukhransky visited the Grand Duke in prison with the wife of Colonel von Leiming, the GD's adjutant, and recalls being blessed with this Gospel. The Gospel was among the items turned over to von Leiming after the Grand Duke's execution.
Inscriptions & Markings
On reverse of title page is inscription in brown ink: Примѣрному сыну | и усердному и исправ-| ному офицеру Митѣ | отъ его двоюроднаго | брата | Саша | 10 августа 1892 | Петергофъ