Nerses IV, Klayets'i. Preces Sancti Nersetis Clajensis Armeniorum Patriarchae. Viginti quatuor linguis editae.

Venice, Insula S. Lazari, 1837.

Large 12mo (95 x 161 mm). (8), 434 pp. With engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page. Contemporary half green leather and marbled boards.


Prayers for each of the twenty-four hours of the day presented in twenty-four languages, beginning with Armenian, and authored by the Armenian Patriarch Nerses IV (1102-1173), also called Nerses Klaientsi or by the honorific "Schnorchali" (the dignified one). Throughout his life, Nerses tried in vain to unite the Greek and Armenian churches; though unsuccessful in this area, he is considered the main representative of the Armenian Renaissance and one of the greatest Armenian writers. His work also includes Bible commentaries, letters, hymns and didactic poems.

This publication was printed by the Armenian-Catholic order of the Mechitarists, who were located on the island of San Lazzaro near Venice, where they owned and operated a printing studio famous for its focus on publications in Eastern languages. Spanning twenty-four languages, this publication is a particularly good representative of the breadth and quality of typesetting available to the press, and the Ge'ez, Arabic, Armenian, Chaldean, Russian, Persian, Chinese, Hiberian, Syrian and Turkish types should be highlighted, all of which are distinguished by their attractive design.

Printing variant with a medallion instead of "Monitum" on the first text sheet above the foreword. As always, page 343 with the incorrect "213" paginated has been corrected by hand in brown ink. A bright, clean copy with ownership stamp of "Ing. F. Wachtel" on the front pastedown.


Brunet IV, 859. Nersessian 510. OCLC 799387339.

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