Kiev: Lavra typography, 1660. 149 leaves. 30x19 cm. Original full leather boards, 19th century leather spine. Gilt title on the spine. New endpapers. The bottom of the title page is strengthened with later paper (not affecting the text or the engraving). The last three leaves are restored, margins affected and loss of several letters on the one side of l.149. On the last page the contemporary owner’s inscription indicates that the book was used in Alexeevskaya Sloboda in Moscow.
Extremely rare. In Ukrainian. The book consists of the preachings on the days of certain saints, listed on the title page and other texts. It was published right after ‘Klyuch razumeniya’ that became one of Ioanniky Galyatovsky’s most famous books, reprinted three times in his lifetime.
The most important part of the book is the chapter on the miracles of Bogoroditsa. In 96 miracle cases documents the stories from Ukraine and Belarus could be found, which should be regarded as the historical evidence of its time.
Ioanniky Galiatovsky (1620-1688) was a rector of Kiev academy in the 1660s and wrote several texts on relative polemic matters, including anti-muslim and anti-catholic books. He was writing this particular book while in exile (he was replaced from rector’s position) in Lviv, then in Lutsk and Minsk. Later he became the head of Uspensky Monastery in Chernigiv and remained on that post until his death in 1688.