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Manuscript Overview
References
Bindings & Oddities

Abstract

This manuscript was made around 1800 by an often persecuted group of Russian Christians, the “Old Believers.” Because this group frequently had its books confiscated and was denied the use of printing presses, its members continued to write important books such as this one by hand. This text chronicles and illustrates the story of a group of monks at the Solovetsky Monastery who opposed Nikon’s controversial reforms and endured a siege for eight years (1668-1676) before they were finally betrayed. Most of the monks were killed, though some escaped, and many went to the Vyg region, where the author of this book, Simeon Denisov (1682-1741), was a leader in the Old Believer community.

Hand note

Multiple different hands throughout text; squared uncial script

Decoration Note

Three double-page miniatures; two fold-out full-page miniatures; forty-seven regular full-page miniatures; decorative headpiece; decorated initial; rubrics in red; text in black and brown 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

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

Back flyleaf i, r

Back flyleaf i, v

Back flyleaf ii, r

Back flyleaf ii, v

Back flyleaf iii, r

Back flyleaf iii, v

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Russian
Russia
19th century
Theology
Watermark
Saint's Life
Christian
Miniature
Original binding
Painting
18th century
History

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"

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

Acquisition

Museum Purchase, 2005

<< return to search Fathers of the Solovetsky Monastery and their sufferings W.916

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"

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 an often persecuted group of Russian Christians, the “Old Believers.” Because this group frequently had its books confiscated and was denied the use of printing presses, its members continued to write important books such as this one by hand. This text chronicles and illustrates the story of a group of monks at the Solovetsky Monastery who opposed Nikon’s controversial reforms and endured a siege for eight years (1668-1676) before they were finally betrayed. Most of the monks were killed, though some escaped, and many went to the Vyg region, where the author of this book, Simeon Denisov (1682-1741), was a leader in the Old Believer community.

Hand note

Multiple different hands throughout text; squared uncial script

Decoration Note

Three double-page miniatures; two fold-out full-page miniatures; forty-seven regular full-page miniatures; decorative headpiece; decorated initial; rubrics in red; text in black and brown 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

Bindings & Oddities

Bibliography

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

Back flyleaf i, r

Back flyleaf i, v

Back flyleaf ii, r

Back flyleaf ii, v

Back flyleaf iii, r

Back flyleaf iii, v

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Russian
Russia
19th century
Theology
Watermark
Saint's Life
Christian
Miniature
Original binding
Painting
18th century
History
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