90
90

[Denisov, Andrei Dionisevich]

POMORSKIE OTVETY [ANSWERS OF THE SHORE-DWELLERS]. [RUSSIA, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY]
Schätzung
8.00010.000
Los Verkauft 8,750 GBP (Hammerpreis mit Käuferprovision)
ZU LOS SPRINGEN
90

[Denisov, Andrei Dionisevich]

POMORSKIE OTVETY [ANSWERS OF THE SHORE-DWELLERS]. [RUSSIA, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY]
Schätzung
8.00010.000
Los Verkauft 8,750 GBP (Hammerpreis mit Käuferprovision)
ZU LOS SPRINGEN

Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts

|
London

[Denisov, Andrei Dionisevich]

POMORSKIE OTVETY [ANSWERS OF THE SHORE-DWELLERS]. [RUSSIA, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY]
4to (220 x 170mm.), illustrated manuscript on paper, 348 leaves, modern pencil foliation (mistakes in foliation), written in black ink in a semi-uncial hand, 20 lines, capitals, rubrics and headings in red, some initials with leafy extensions, ornamental title-page on f. 46r, title within an elaborate arabesque border coloured in red, blue and yellow, ornamental headpiece on f. 39v infilled in green, 67 marginal illustrations of hands in various positions for blessings, drawn in ink and coloured in red, yellow, blue and green (many within roundelles) between f. 56v and f. 74v, marginal illustration of Christ in Majesty on f. 73v drawn in ink and coloured in red, yellow, blue and green, 5 symbolic illustrations, contemporary leather over wooden boards, clasps and catches, some paper damage from iron gall ink, staining (particularly to later leaves with smudging of text, some marginal worming, many pages becoming loose, binding broken and very worn
Zustandsbericht lesen Zustandsbericht lesen

Katalognotizen

This is a doctrinally eloquent and sporadically beautiful manuscript that presents a stout response by the Old Believers to the 1722 decree of Peter the Great whilst protesting loyalty to the monarch.

There were two generations of Old Believer writers. The first, a spontaneous movement within the Church, launched an ideological campaign against Patriarch Nikon, who was responsible for revising the service books. However, this generation of Old Believers failed to impress and were excommunicated at the council of 1667.

The second generation of Old Believers settled in a priestless and marriageless semi-monastic community located in the mineral rich region of Vyg and adopted the name of Pomorie ("living by the shore"). On account of the rich mineral deposits, the community survived, but their land was for the same reason coveted by the government.

Andrei Denisov (1674-1730), a scholar with access to an impressive library considering his community's isolation, composed this response to Nikonianism with a masterly command of the Greek Fathers, adherence to classic Orthodox doctrine and a strong sense of history: defending Moscow as the Third Rome. The manuscript opens with the text of Peter's decree and the Old Believers' response is in the form of questions and answers. Perhaps the decorative highlight of the manuscript is the series of hand illustrations. The proper way to bless was one of the most divisive issues in the conflict between the Old Believers and the New Orthodoxy.

Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts

|
London