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Альфа и Омега (Collection of Christian instructions of the Fathers of the Church) [Vilnius 1786].

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Vilnius 1786, Basilian Printing House. 17.5x23 cm, pp [14], 302, vignettes in woodcut, hardcover of the period, full leather covered on board, decorations on the face, clasps, Cyrillic printing in Orthodox-Slavic, in black and red. Condition: binding with loss of leather, trace of insect, back cover missing, several pages glued, soiling of paper outside the text, one clasp missing.

Full title: Sїja s[vja]taja i B[o]goduhnovennaja Kniga Alfa I Omega, tỳpom izdana v tỳpografїi êgo korolevskago velicestva Stanìslava Aỳgusta, Velikago Korolja Polskago, i Vielikago Knjazja Lỳtovskago [...].

The collection Alpha and Omega, compiled on the basis of the works of the church fathers and extremely popular among Old Believers, is one of the best examples of educational literature that is encyclopedic in nature and contains chapters of both purely theological, prayerful and practical content. The book consists of 90 chapters, covering the works of ancient Greek, Byzantine, Syriac, Slavic and other philosophers and theologians. It uses the works of dozens of authors, including names widely known in Russian literature, such as Cyril of Alexandria, John of Damascus, Ephraim the Syrian, etc., as well as little and almost unknown ones: the old teacher Augustine, Nicephor the historian, Socrates the scholastic, etc. The collection of Alpha and Omega, according to the text of the book, was compiled by a monk in a new monastery under conditions of scarcity of books. Reading this book, according to the author, should be cyclical, according to the four seasons. The title of the book is symbolic, indicating, on the one hand, the completeness of the circle of reading and knowledge contained in the book, and, on the other hand, is a quotation from the Apocalypse of John the Theologian: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (22:13). [Litfund Auction House]

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