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Armenian Manuscripts

22 items on parchment and paper, of which Armenian MSS 1-19 were acquired in 1901 with the Crawford collection.

Particularly noteworthy are:

  • Armenian MS 1, a Gospel Book, the oldest Armenian manuscript recorded in Nersessian’s union catalogue of Armenian manuscripts in British libraries
  • Armenian MS 3, a profusely illustrated 16th-century Romance of Alexander
  • Armenian MS 10, a Gospel Book written at Chikbak in 1313 AD containing some unusual Armenian miniatures with Georgian inscripts, in a binding bearing the name of the binder 'Hakob' and dated 1636 AD
  • Armenian MSS 20-22, three 16th- and 17th-century Gospel Books. Of the nine Gospel Books in the collection, six are illuminated

Finding aids

  • Vrej Nersessian, A Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the British Library Acquired Since the Year 1913 and of Collections in Other Libraries in the United Kingdom (London: British Library, 2012).
  • Y. Kiwrtean, 'A Short Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library Manchester', Sion, vol. 49 (1975), pp. 199-259 (typescript copy available in Library).
  • D. Talbot Rice, 'The Illuminations of Armenian Manuscript 10 in the John Rylands Library', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 43 (1960-1), pp. 452-8.
  • Forthcoming catalogue by V. Nersessian.


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