Printed and bound at the first Arabic printing office in Lebanon

[Gospels in Arabic]. Kitab al-Injil al-sharif al-tahir wa-al-misbah al-munir al-zahir muqassaman kanayisiyan madar al-sanah hasaba tartib al-Anba al-Qiddisiyin al-Sharqiyin (Book of the Liturgical Gospels).

Dayr al-Shuwayr, Kisrawan, Lebanon, St. John the Baptist Monastery, [1776].

Folio (228 x 315 mm). (2 [instead of 4]), 315 (but: 316) pp. (p. 92 assigned twice), lacking title (provided in facsimile) and 4 engraved plates. Printed in Arabic within ruled borders, with some headings and phrases printed in red. Numerous typographical ornaments. Contemporary brown morocco, blind-stamped and gilt, spine with 5 raised bands.


First Dayr as-Shuwayr edition. "The Evangelion of the Greek Church, containing the Gospels arranged for liturgical reading throughout the year" (Darlow/M.). From the printing office of the Melkite monastery of St. John the Baptist at al-Shuwayr in the Lebanese Kisrawan mountains, operative between 1734 and 1899, during which time it produced in all 69 Arabic books, including re-editions (cf. Silvestre de Sacy I, pp. 412-414; Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution. A Cross-Cultural Encounter, Westhofen 2002, pp. 179-181). Altogether, this is the second edition of this Melkite version which first appeared in 1706 with liturgical explanations.

Binding rubbed and scuffed; upper joint and outer 4 corners repaired; label pasted to upper cover. Some light waterstaining to first and last few leaves; some scattered spotting, later marginal inscriptions.

Darlow/Moule 1661. OCLC 38267894.

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