Armenian Books at Auction

Illuminated manuscript Gospels in Armenian on paper, Constantinople, 1621. Estimate: $18,000 to $20,000.
The April 11th sale of Early Printed Books at Swann includes 38 lots of Armenian books, ranging from an early 17th-century illuminated Gospel manuscript to early 20th-century works by authors killed in the Armenian Genocide.  Most of the offerings are 18th- and 19th-century books on various subjects, including Bibles, theology, history, geography, and literature.

The most unusual item is a nearly 24-foot manuscript prayer roll with nine miniatures of religious subjects, which include Catholicos Nerses, St. Gregory the Illuminator, St. Sarkis, and St. George slaying the dragon.

Illuminated manuscript in Armenian on paper with text written in nostragir script, late 17th/early 18th century. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000.

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