Petr Mstislavets Book of Gospels, 1575



Mstislavets, Petr Timofeev


1575 - 1575


Laid paper, Ink, Wood, Canvas and Brass


W 19 cm x H 31 cm x D 8.7 cm

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Transfer. Holy Trinity Monastery Library. 2013


Book of Gospels printed by Petr Timofeev Mstislavets in Vil'no (Vilnius) in 1575, sponsored by Ivan and Zinovii Zaretskii. Printed in black and red in Church Slavonic. Folio, foliation in cyrillic characters in bottom left, 3 full-page woodcut images of Evangelists (woodcut of Matthew is missing), woodcut headpices and initials. Colophon is missing and is replaced by hand-written colophon with erroneous publication information. Pages have been trimmed. Binding is blue canvas with painted cream floral design over wooden boards. Two brass clasps on front cover, clasps on back cover are missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

French inscription in graphite on recto of first flyleaf; illegible inscription in cyrillic on bottom margins of leaves 2 and 4, partially obscured by repairs; on last flyleaf verso is inscription in graphite: 1574-75 Вильно.