Rare handwritten and old printed books

The collection comprises above 3,000 units, among them handwritten books (XVI – XX centuries), handwritten and printed documents (XVII – XX centuries), Cyrillic script publications (XVI century – 1830), civil script publications (1708 – 1830), Russian publications (1830 – XX century) and Roman script publications (XVII – XX centuries).

A Pupils’ Evangelistary that was supposedly written between 1550 and 1570 is the most notable among XVI century handwritten publications represented in the collection. It is noted not only for its fine graphic script but also for exquisite polychrome headpieces made in the ‘Balkan’ style.

The handwritten Pupils’ Evangelistary

The 1550s – the 1570s

XVII century handwriting is represented by the so-called ‘column documents’ used in chancellery procedures. One of them, Excerpt from Plat Books and Land Allocation Books of the Village of Dyakovskoye subordinate to the palace Village of Kolomenskoye, is dated by1696.

Excerpt from Plat Books and Land Allocation Books of the Village of Dyakovskoye

subordinate to the palace Village of Kolomenskoye

Handwritten ‘column document’

1696

Old printed books dated from the XVI century to 1830 (about 1,400 units) make the core of the collection. This unique section includes the Apostolos publications by the printing pioneer Ivan Fedorov issued in1564 inMoscow and in1574 in Lwow.

Printing pioneers Ivan Fedorov and Peter Timofeev of Mstislavl

Apostolos

Moscow, 1564

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the Front Gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

 

The collection comprises old printed books published in Byelorussia, Ukraineand Moscow. Publications of Verkhnyaya printed house that was founded expressly for Simeon Polotsky, laureate and tutor of children of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, deserve special attention. In 1680, the printing house published A Story of St. Varlaam and Ioasaphus edited by Simeon Polotsky.

St.Varlaam and Prince Ioasaphus

Engraving from a printed St. John Damascene: A Story of St. Varlaam and Ioasaphus

(Verkhnyaya printing house,Moscow, 1680)

made after Simon Ushakov’s drawing

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the Front Gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

 

Among the books published in Amsterdamat the beginning of the XVIII century it is most interesting to note Symbols and Emblemata

Symbols and Emblemata printed by order of His Majesty Emperor Peter I

Amsterdam, printing house of Henricus Wetstein, 1705

The book comprises 840 emblems engraved on copper and accompanied by ‘symbols’, i.e. their word interpretations in the form of mottos, in eight languages. The copy that makes part of the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve collection is adorned with an ex libris of Vladimir Zhemchuzhnikov, a poet who is known to have invented, together with his brother Alexey Zhemchuzhnikov and cousin, writer Alexey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, the bright character of Kozma Prutkov, fictional author of numerous aphorisms.

Two unique books of Paul Hoste, French professor of mathematics, namely The Theory of Ship Construction that comprises a number of mathematics treatises on a new curious subject (Théorie de la Construction des Vaisseaux, Lyon, 1697) and Art of the Navy or Navy Evolutions (L’Art des Armées Navales ou Traité des Evolutions Navales, Lyon, 1727) printed in French are represented in the museum collection under one cover.

Printed Théorie de la Construction des Vaisseaux … by Paul Hoste

Lyon, 1697

Exposition at the House of Peter I in Kolomenskoye

Among the secular books printed in the so-called civil script at the personal initiative of Peter I there is a publication Regulations Concerning the Administration of Admiralty and the Shipyard and Functions of the Admiralty Collegium and other Admiralty Positions.

Regulations Concerning the Administration of Admiralty and the Shipyard and Functions of the Admiralty Collegium and other Admiralty Positions

Printed by order of Emperor Peter I atSt. Petersburgprinting house

1724, November

Exposition at the House of Peter I in Kolomenskoye

 

A publication initiated at the beginning of the XIX century by Peter Valuev, Head of Moscow Palace Administration, Moscow Kremlin Dispatch and the Armoury, was one of the first attempts to gather together data on the history of Kolomenskoye village from ancient times to the time of Emperor Alexander I. The book “Historical Data on the Village of Kolomenskoye from Russian Chronicles and Oral Tradition is rich in copperplate illustrations coloured with gouache or water-colours.

Printed Data on the Village of Kolomenskoye from Russian Chronicles and Oral Tradition

by Peter Valuev

Printing house ofMoscowImperialUniversity, 1809

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the Front Gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

The collection also comprises various publications dated by the end of the XVIII century and the beginning of the XIX century that have a great artistic or scientific value.  Parks and Gardens, a monograph on landscape design history and theory by Vladimir Kurbatov, contains 546 autotypes in the text as well as 28 photographs on separate sheets and coloured engravings by Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva.

Printed Parks and Gardens by Vladimir Kurbatov

M.O.Wolf Association,Petrograd, 1916

 

Handwritten books created at Old Believers’ workshops make the jewel of the collection. The handwritten Hook Notation Festive Chants are dated by the beginning of the XX century, headpieces and initials are painted in the Guslitsa ornamental style.

Handwritten Hook Notation Festive Chants

Beginning of the ХХ century

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the Front Gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

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