The Book of Saint Kyrill, Archbishop of Jerusalem. Signature and pagination in Slavonic alphabetic numerals: 15+8+561 pages, p.With the final blank leaf but without the front blank and two other blanks. Woodcut headpieces and initials, some printed in red. Soiled and dampstained throughtout, a few tears occasionally affecting text. 17th-century Russian red straight-grained calf, sides with gilt and blind borders, lower cover with brass centre- and cornerpieces, metal shoes and brass catches, edges gauffered and gilt (lacks clasps). Aleksandr Polusharov Litovskii (inscription at foot of fifth leaf) -- Riga Orthodox Seminary (library stamp).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS INFLUENTIAL ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL COMPILATION, printed with the authority of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich. Some of the texts are strongly anti-Catholic and anti-Protestant. This included the Homily on the anti-Christ by Kyrill, comparing the anti-Christ with the Pope of Rome. It was widely read in Moscow and orthodox Russia, and reprinted in the 18th century.
RARE: WorldCat locates no copies in the UK, and only microfilm in the USA. Pozdeeva 352; Sopikov 569; Zernova 169. The item "Antique huge illuminated Imperial Russia Bible Book of Saint Kyrill 1644 Moscow" is in sale since Wednesday, September 16, 2020.This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "douglasoscarltd" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.