[Biblia slavica - VT - Psalter]. Psaltyr' blazhennago proroka i tsaria Davyda [...].

Lviv, v typografie Bratskoi pri tserkvi Uspeniia pr[esviatyia] B[ogorodi]tsa [Vassil Stavnitski], 1708.

4to. (10), 251, (1) ff. Title-page, preface, index and first page of text all printed in red and black. With figural and architectural woodcut title border, woodcut printer's device on reverse of title page, full-page woodcut in the text, woodcut headpiece (King David with harp) and numerous woodcut initials and vignettes. Contemporary blindstamped calf on three raised bands with giltstamped supralibros on front cover.


Finely printer Lviv psalter from the press of the Dormition Brotherhood. A direct reprint of the 1570 Zabludów edition printed by the first Slavic printer, Ivan Fyodorov, using his original types and woodcuts. The Lviv Brotherhood had taken over Fyodorov's press and then produced many liturgical and pedagogical works. The printery played an important role in Ukrainian intellectual life and orthodox apology; Fyodorov's material and original designs continued to be used until the 19th century. Transformed into the "Stauropegion Institute" in 1788 by order of Emperor Joseph II, the press survived until the Soviet occupation in 1939.

The woodcuts are signed "EZ" and "Eustaf. Zadar" (i. e., Eustaphius Zadarowski); the fine, full-page woodcut of David is dated 1677. As the illustrations were requently re-used since the 16th century, many are rather flat; the numerous initials and decorative vignettes, taken over from the famous 1580 Ostrog Bible, are better preserved.

Several small defects to edges (old remarginings and professional modern restorations; slight loss to text on p. 6f.). Slightly fingerstained throughout, with contemp. ms. marginalia. The pretty, newly varnished binding bears blindstamped roll-tooled borders; the centerpiece (newly gilt) shows the Holy Trinity.

Zapasko/Isaievych II, 24. Darlow/Moule II, p. 1403.

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