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[The Armenian Monastery, Venice, visited by Lord Byron.] Book with parallel text in Armenian (Hamarot Nkaragir, etc.) and Italian: 'Compendiose Notizie sulla Congregazione de' Monaci Armeni Mechitaristi di Venezia nell'Isola di S. Lazzaro'.

Author: 
[The Armenian Monastery, Venice.] Monaci Armeni Mechitaristi di Venezia nell'Isola di S. Lazzaro; Haroutiun Aukerian [Lord Byron]
Publication details: 
[Venezia]::Tipografia di Suddetta Isola. 1819
£450.00

127pp., 12mo. The Armenian text, with title-page, is on pp.1-66; the Italian translation, with title-page, is on pp.67-127. Both title-pages have engraved plates as frontispieces facing them, that to the Armenian being a portrait of Mechitar Abbas, and to the Italian being a view of the island of St. Lazzaro. Internally in fair condition, lightly aged, with slight bloom to rear pastedown. In aged and worn original boards, covered with pink paper embossed with a floral pattern, and with label on spine. Ownership inscription (Armenian?) on flyleaf.

[Gordon of Khartoum climbs Mount Ararat.] Autograph Letter Signed ('M. A. Gordon') from General Gordon's sister Mary Augusta Gordon to 'Mr. Robson', regarding the latter's meeting with 'one of the sappers' who took part in the expedition.

Author: 
Mary Augusta Gordon [latterly Mary Augusta Blunt] (1822-1893), sister of General Gordon [Charles George Gordon (1833-1885); Gordon of Khartoum; Chinese Gordon; Royal Engineers]
Publication details: 
5 Rockstone Place, Southampton. 16 November 1889.
£180.00

The ascent of Mount Ararat took place in 1857, while Gordon was leading a mission of the Royal Engineers ('sappers') to delineate the border between Russian and Ottoman Armenia. While he did not himself reach the summit of Mount Ararat, he did toboggan down it. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. She thanks him for 'the interesting account of your meeting one of the sappers who attempted the ascent of Mount Ararat with my brother'.

[ Michael Arlen, English author of Armenian extraction. ] Autograph Signature ('Michael Arlen') on note to the author Sewell Stokes.

Author: 
Michael Arlen [ born Dikran Kouyoumdjian ] (1895-1956), Anglo-American author, born in Bulgaria of Armenian extraction [ Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (1902-1979), author and broadcaster ]
Publication details: 
14 Queen Street, Mayfair [ London ]. October 1924.
£35.00

1p., 4to. The leaf is divided into four panels by a central horizontal crease; Arlen writes on the upper panel of one page, the rest of the leaf being blank. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Arlen writes neatly at the centre of the panel: 'Dear Sewell Stokes | Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. | Yrs. | Michael Arlen.' And at top left: '14 Queen St. | Mayfair. | October, 1924.' At the time of writing the precocious Stokes was an assistant editor at T.P.'s Weekly. 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' was a cartoon which ran in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1956.

The Pali Manuscript

Author: 
J.F. Dickson, translator.
Publication details: 
Venice: Printed at the Monastery, 1881.
£150.00

Title continues: "Written on Papyrus preserved in the Library of the Armenian Monastery St. Lazaro." Pamphlet, green paper wraps, corners v. sl. turned but very good otherwise. Pp.36, sm. 8vo. Ordination of Buddhist priest, etc. COPAC records only one copy, at Birmingham, but dated 1875. No copy in BL.

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