Venice: Published by the author, 1805. First critical edition. Hardcover. Octavo. , 32, 527, pp (vol. 1); , 687, pp (vol. 2); , 805, pp (vol. 3); , 587, , 92pp (vol. 4). Modern blue cloth with gold lettering to spines. Title vignette in each volume. Additional engraved title in volume 1. Engraved frontispiece in each volume. Illustrated headpieces and decorative initials.
Although an Armenian language Bible was printed in Amsterdam in 1666, this 1805 Bible was the first critical edition of the Armenian scriptures. Edited by the Benedictine monk Giovanni Zohrab (1756-1829) at the Armenian monastery on the island of San Lazaro near Venice, this edition was printed at that monastery with fine engravings that introduce each volume. Volume 1 includes Genesis through Ruth; Volume 2 includes Kings through II Maccabees; Volume 3 includes Psalms through Ezekiel, and volume 4 contains the complete New Testament. This Bible was printed chiefly from a Cilician MS. of the 14th century (A.D. 1319); but the editor collated it with eight MSS. of the whole Bible and twenty of the New Testament.
Very minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Text in Classical Armenian (grabar). Bindings and interior in very good condition. vg. Item #40022