[End of 19th cent.] 220 leaves. 36x24 cm. Manuscript. The title page and frontispiece is decorated in colors. Every chapter starts with illuminated headpiece and initial. Contemporary red morocco with raised bands and gilt and blind stamping. One of two claps preserved. The covers are slightly rubbed. Otherwise very good.
This book is an interesting example of Old Believers manuscript tradition. The conservative movement of Russian Orthodox Church, Old Believers were not allowed to print their books in Russia until 1905. As a result of this supression the manuscripts were used. The style was originally taken from pre-16th century examples, but by the 18th
century it developed to be an independent genre. Old Believers also carried on the tradition of unison singing that died out in mainstream Orthodox Church and is known as ‘kryukovoe penie’ (i.e. Znamenny chant). Choral manuscripts were among the most ornamental ones. This particular one is originating from the manuscript school called ‘Guslitsy’. It was probably created in Moscow area in late 19th century for the use in Old Believers’ service.