Armenian Bible

Collection ID

BIB.004989

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1860

Geography

Venice, (Italy)

Language

Armenian

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

10.6 × 8.2 × 2.7 in. (27 × 21 × 7 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


This critical edition of the Armenian Bible was printed in 1860 by Arsen Bagratuni. The Bible was printed on the Mekhitarist printing press in Venice and includes engravings in the style of Charles Doré. Italy was one of the first countries the new printing press technology spread to outside of Germany, and Armenian was one of the earliest languages printed. By the mid-1800s, Venice was the main producer of printed Armenian books. The Armenian Catholic Mekhitarist Congregation, located on the island of San Lazzaro, has one of the largest collections of Armenian manuscripts in the world to this day.

Printed in 1860 by Arsen Bagratuni in Venice, Italy. Acquired by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Holy See of Cilicia); Gifted on January 9, 2019 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.[1]

Notes: [1] Gifted by his representative, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan (1947–present), Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. The Bible does not contain a dedicatory inscription, so it is unclear if the Bible belonged to Aram I, Archbishop Oshagan, or, perhaps, the seminary in Antelias, Lebanon.

description

This critical edition of the Armenian Bible was printed in 1860 by Arsen Bagratuni. The Bible was printed on the Mekhitarist printing press in Venice and includes engravings in the style of Charles Doré. Italy was one of the first countries the new printing press technology spread to outside of Germany, and Armenian was one of the earliest languages printed. By the mid-1800s, Venice was the main producer of printed Armenian books. The Armenian Catholic Mekhitarist Congregation, located on the island of San Lazzaro, has one of the largest collections of Armenian manuscripts in the world to this day.


provenance

Printed in 1860 by Arsen Bagratuni in Venice, Italy. Acquired by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Holy See of Cilicia); Gifted on January 9, 2019 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.[1]

Notes: [1] Gifted by his representative, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan (1947–present), Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. The Bible does not contain a dedicatory inscription, so it is unclear if the Bible belonged to Aram I, Archbishop Oshagan, or, perhaps, the seminary in Antelias, Lebanon.


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