Early Cyrillic Books

Sava’s book

Sava's book

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Description

Sava’s book (Bulgarian: Савина книга, Savina kniga; Russian: Саввина книга, Savvina kniga) is a 129-folio Cyrillic Old Church Slavonic canon evangeliary, written in the eleventh century.

Source: Wikipedia

Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

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The Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander, Tetraevangelia of Ivan Alexander, Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander, or Four Gospels of Ivan Alexander is an illuminated manuscript Gospel Book, written and illustrated in 1355–1356 for Tsar Ivan Alexander of the Second Bulgarian Empire. The manuscript is regarded as one of the most important manuscripts of medieval Bulgarian culture, and has been described as “the most celebrated work of art produced in Bulgaria before it fell to the Turks in 1393”.

Source: British Library

Dobreyshovo Gospels

Dobreyshovo Gospels

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Dobreyshovo gospel is a Bulgarian monument of the early 13th century. The manuscript is ink and illumination on a total of 175 parchment leaves. It is located at the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library, Bulgaria. The Gospel was written, according to a much later note added to it, before 1221, according to the scholars Wolf and Stresa. It is decorated with colorful ornamentation and images of the Evangelists Luke and John. The latter appears with a small kneeling figure, accompanied by the caption “pray to St. John”; the figure is believed to represent the priest Dobreysho (or Dobreisho), who probably paid for the parchment and either commissioned or made a copy of the book.

Source: Wikipedia

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Evangelium Dobromiri

Evangelium Dobromiri

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Description

Evangelium Dobromiri: A 12th Century Cyrillic Manuscript

Source: Российская национальная библиотека

Collection of monastic words and Teachings

Collection of monastic words and Teachings

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Description

Gospel Book

Ostromir Gospels

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Description

XII century. 109 sheet. Bulgarian semi-uncial letters. On the parchment. In the 4th share of the sheet. The first 8 notebooks and the end of the Gospel are lost.

Source: Российской Государственной Библиотеки и Свято-Троицкой Сергиевой Лавры

Arkhangelsk Gospel

Arkhangelsk Gospel

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Description

The Archangelsk Gospel is a lectionary in Old Church Slavonic dated to 1092. It is the fourth oldest Eastern Slavic manuscript. The book is stored in the collection of the Russian State Library. UNESCO added the Arkhangelsk Gospel to the international register Memory of the World Programme in 1997.

Source: Российская Государственная Библиотека

Codex Suprasliensis

Codex Suprasliensis

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Description

The Codex Suprasliensis is a 10th-century Cyrillic literary monument, the largest extant Old Church Slavonic canon manuscript and the oldest Slavic literary work in Poland. As of September 20, 2007, it is on UNESCO’s Memory of the World list. The codex, written at the end or even in the middle of the 10th century, contains a menaion for the month of March, intersecting with the movable cycle of Easter. It also contains 24 lives of saints, 23 homilies and one prayer, most of which were written by or are attributed to John Chrysostom. The 284-folio (or 285-folio, according to some sources) codex was “discovered” in 1823 by Canon Michał Bobrowski in the Uniate Basilian monastery in Supraśl.

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Enina Apostle

Enina Apostle

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The Enina Apostle or Enina Apostolos (scholarly abbreviation Enin) is an 11th-century Old Church Slavonic Cyrillic manuscript. Discovered in a poor condition in 1960 during restoration work in the central Bulgarian village of Enina, the partially preserved parchment manuscript is housed in the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia. It is the oldest Cyrillic manuscript currently held by any Bulgarian collection.

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Ostromir Gospels

Ostromir Gospels

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Description

The Ostromir Gospels is the oldest dated East Slavic book. (Archeologists have dated the Novgorod Codex, a wax writing tablet with excerpts from the Psalms, discovered in 2000, to an earlier time range, but unlike the Ostromir Gospels it does not contain an explicit date.). The Ostromir Gospels was created by deacon Gregory for his patron, Posadnik Ostromir of Novgorod, in 1056 or 1057 (the year 6564, in his dating system), probably as a gift for a monastery.

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Буслаевская псалтирь (Buslaev’s Psalter)

Буслаевская псалтирь (Buslaev’s Psalter)

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Description

Buslaevskaya Psalter is a handwritten Psalter, created in the last quarter of the 15th century. It is distinguished by a high level of calligraphy and design. The manuscript includes 284 pages, written by five anonymous scribes, two of which are basic.

Source: Российская Государственная Библиотека и Свято-Троицкой Сергиевой Лавры

Book of Boril

Book of Boril

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The Book of Boril or Boril Synodic (Bulgarian: Борилов синодик) is a medieval Bulgarian book from the beginning of the 13th century. It is an important source for the history of the Bulgarian Empire. The book was written in conjunction with the council of tsar Boril against the Bogomils in 1211. Later additions and editions were made, dated at the end of XIV c.

Source: National Library of Bulgaria

 
 

Constantine Manasses Chronicle | Excerpts

Description

Constantine Manasses (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Μανασσῆς; c. 1130 – c. 1187) was a Byzantine chronicler who flourished in the 12th century during the reign of Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180). He was the author of a chronicle or historical synopsis of events from the creation of the world to the end of the reign of Nikephoros Botaneiates (1081), sponsored by Irene Komnene, the emperor’s sister-in-law. It consists of about 7000 lines in political verse. It obtained great popularity and appeared in a free prose translation; it was also translated into Bulgarian and Roman Slavic in the 14th century.

Manasses also wrote the poetical romance Loves of Aristander and Callithea, also in political verse. It is only known from the fragments preserved in the rose-garden of Macarius Chrysocephalus (14th century). Manasses also wrote a short biography of Oppian, and some descriptive pieces (all except one unpublished) on artistic and other subjects.

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Other sources

SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library: Slavonic manuscripts
Europeana Collections: Slavonic manuscripts
Дом живоначальной Троицы: Рукописные собрания
Рукописные памятники Древней Руси: Древнерусские берестяные грамоты
Русская литература в рукописях: Древнерусская литература
Сербские рукописи в фондах Российской национальной библиотеки: Список рукописей
Cyrillomethodiana: Модерна палеославистика и медиевистика
Vedran Eraković: MIROSLAV’S GOSPEL IN TYPOGRAPHY
Stjepan Fileki: RECONSTRUCTION OF FACES OF THE NOTABLE MONUMENTS OF SERBIAN LITERACY PREPARED FOR USE ON THE COMPUTER
 

Wikipedia: Cyrillic parchment books and sheets
Palaeography

Екатерина Кислова: Палеография, библиография и история книги
 

Greek alphabet

Wikiwand: Greek alphabet
Wikipedia: History of the Greek alphabet
Wikipedia: Greek ligatures
Wikipedia: Byzantine text-type
Fordham University: Byzantine Paleography
 

Greek uncial

Wikiwand: Uncial script
Wikipedia: Category: Greek uncial letters
Wikimedia Commons: Greek uncial
Wikiwand: List of New Testament uncials
Wikiwand: Codex Petropolitanus (New Testament)
Wikiwand: Byzantine text-type
Dartmouth: Uncial / Half-Uncial (Historical Background and How to)
 

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