Russia: 1820-1830 (ca.). Small 4to (textblock: 210 x 165 mm. Binding: 215 x 175 x 80 mm). Bound in contemporary Russian calf (?) over wooden boards, catch on upper cover, portion of leather strap preserved, clasp lacking. Binding and text VERY WORN (see the 53 images on our website) and partially defective, some pages loose, numerous crude repairs. Two binders blanks (front one fragmentary) + 285 ff. text. Although we counted the leaves, we have not collated the text, and thus it is priced as if it was incomplete. Item #3511
We purchased this fascinating and compelling Russian manuscript Psalter as a teaching example because it is practically Medieval in construction, and is written mainly on BLUE PAPER ruled in plummet. That this worn-out Slavonic manuscript Psalter retains its original, crudely repaired binding is of particular interest to us. We are grateful to Georgi Parpulov for his help in cataloguing the manuscript, and for directing out attention to the watermark, which bears the arms of the city of Yaroslavl and is securely datable to 1818 (see S.A. Klepikov, "Filigrani i shtempeli," 1959, plate 25, Type 11).
The Psalter contains a Preface and a Postface, both of which explain how the Psalms are to be recited in private, as a personal devotional observance. Written in Russian in the first half of the 19th-century, the manuscript contains:
Troparia (short hymns) to be recited after having read the Psalter to the end;
Rule for recting the Psalter in private
Troparia and prayers to be recited at each of the twenty kathismata ("sessions", i.e. sections) of the Psalter, i.e. after Ps 8, Ps 6, etc.
A reader's note, claiming that the manuscript was copied in 1232 AD (sic!)
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