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Abstract

This manuscript was made around 1800 by the “Old Believers,” a group of Russian Christians who dissented from the Russian Orthodox Church and were subsequently persecuted and excommunicated. Because their books were often confiscated and they were forbidden to use printing presses, they continued to write important works such as this one by hand. The manuscript contains the text of the New Testament book of Revelation along with a patristic commentary, which is accompanied by a series of seventy-one striking full-page miniatures.

Hand note

Script squared, semi-uncial

Decoration Note

Seventy-one full-page miniatures; three ornamented headpieces; decorated initials throughout (6-8 lines); rubrics in red; text in black ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Kauffman, Nicholas

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Cleminson, Ralph. A Union Catalogue of Cyrillic Manuscripts in British and Irish Collections. London, 1988 (see discussion of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum Ms. 7-1972, comparable to W.917 in date and composition)


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

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Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Bible
Russian
Russia
19th century
Scripture
Christian
Miniature
Original binding
Treatise
18th century

Origin Place

Russia

Date

Ca. 1800 CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Leather over wooden boards, with brass clasps and studs; leather stamped with patterns, but heavily worn

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Russian.

Provenance

Russia, ca. 1800, created by Russian "Old Believers"

Unknown owner and date; ownership inscription in purple pencil on front and rear pastedowns and on fol. 1v: "Rukopis [ms] No7"; name written below appears to have been erased

Unknown owner; inscription in green pencil on rear pastedown: "26. x. 34." "C. K. A. L. I. S."

Walters Art Museum, 2005, purchased from Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts

Acquisition

Museum purchase, 2005

← search Apocalypse with patristic commentary W.917

Origin Place

Russia

Date

Ca. 1800 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Russian.

Provenance

Russia, ca. 1800, created by Russian "Old Believers"

Unknown owner and date; ownership inscription in purple pencil on front and rear pastedowns and on fol. 1v: "Rukopis [ms] No7"; name written below appears to have been erased

Unknown owner; inscription in green pencil on rear pastedown: "26. x. 34." "C. K. A. L. I. S."

Walters Art Museum, 2005, purchased from Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts

Acquisition

Museum purchase, 2005

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This manuscript was made around 1800 by the “Old Believers,” a group of Russian Christians who dissented from the Russian Orthodox Church and were subsequently persecuted and excommunicated. Because their books were often confiscated and they were forbidden to use printing presses, they continued to write important works such as this one by hand. The manuscript contains the text of the New Testament book of Revelation along with a patristic commentary, which is accompanied by a series of seventy-one striking full-page miniatures.

Hand note

Script squared, semi-uncial

Decoration Note

Seventy-one full-page miniatures; three ornamented headpieces; decorated initials throughout (6-8 lines); rubrics in red; text in black ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Kauffman, Nicholas

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Dibble, Charles

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Cleminson, Ralph. A Union Catalogue of Cyrillic Manuscripts in British and Irish Collections. London, 1988 (see discussion of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum Ms. 7-1972, comparable to W.917 in date and composition)


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Bible
Russian
Russia
19th century
Scripture
Christian
Miniature
Original binding
Treatise
18th century
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