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[Royaumont, de] and Vasiliy KRYLOV (translator).

Священная история Ветхаго и Новаго завета. С присовокуплением объяснений и назидательных наставлений, заимствованных из Святых Отцев, и служащих к исправлению нравов во всех состояниях, и Апокалипсиса Свят. Иоанна Богослова.

[The History of the Old and New Testament].

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Skt. Peterburg, Morskaya tip., 1832

Incredibly rare illustrated Russian translation of the famous French version of the Bible, which interpreted the text so as to make it more accessible for the masses. This edition is absent from library holdings outside Russia and standard bibliographies.
Crisp copy with Imperial provenance.

This Russian translation was completed by Vasilii Krylov and based on the 'latest revised edition' of L'Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament, représentée avec des figures et des explications édifiantes [...] written by De Royaumont (Nicolas Fontaine, 1625 – 1709), a Jansenite of the Port-Royal movement, which strove to purify Catholicism. He completed this work while in captivity at the Bastille (1666-68), supposedly with much help from the French theologian, Port-Royal priest and humanist Lemaistre de Sacy (1613-84), who was his companion in prison.

Works that offered interpretations of the Old and New Testament grew increasingly popular in the Russian Empire between the 1780s and 1830s, with most

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Three parts in 1 vol. 8vo (20.2 x 12.8 cm). Frontispiece, title, pp. [12], vi, [2], 198, with 53 engraved plates; title, pp. 234, with 18 plates; title, pp. [2], 221, with 39 plates; small hole with loss of a few letters to pp. 53-54, part 1; small light waterstain to several ll. in part 3. Contemporary full calf, blind tooling to spine, red morocco label to spine with lettering in blind.


SK 1801-1825, No 4490; Smirdin 808 (priced at 18 rub); not in Obolyaninov, Sopikov, Ulianinskiy.

Stock ID:93202

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