[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'.

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

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.

Printed pamphlet: 'The Benedictines in Bath during a Thousand Years. A Sketch founded upon Authentic Records.

John Clement Fowler, O.S.B. [ Bath, Somerset ]
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'Reprinted from the Downside Review.' Yeovil: Printed by the Western Chronicle Co., Limited. 1895.

[6] + 86pp., 8vo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, lightly aged, with eight collotypes present as per list of illustrations. Ownership signature in pencil at head of title-page: 'Leslie A. Coke'. Now scarce.

[George Bilainkin, English journalist.] Typescripts of three articles, two in the form of diary entries (one on an Egyptian Embassy reception and the other on an international conference on crime); the third a dialogue between monks and journalists.

George Bilainkin (1903-1981), English journalist and expert on foreign affairs [Ernest Bevin; Lev Nikolaevich Smirnov; Admiral Sir Dudley Pound; Egyptian Embassy; Laurence Cadbury; Tom Bairstow]
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Two dated entries: 23 July and 18 August 1960. The third entry ('Monastery') undated.

The three items derive from the Bilainkin papers. Each is separately paginated and stapled, with the text on one side only of the leaves. All three in good condition, on lightly-aged and creased paper, with rusty staples. Item One: Titled 'ADD 1960 DIARY. Saturday, July 23.' 7pp., foolscap 8vo. With carbon copy of the same.

When were our Gospels Written? An Argument by Constantine Tischendorf. With a Narrative of the Discovery of the Sinaitic Manuscript.

Constantine Tischendorf
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Second Edition. London: The Religious Tract Society, 56, Paternoster Row, and 164, Piccadilly. 1867. [Benjamin Pardon, Printer, Paternoster-row.]

8vo: 120 pp. Unbound. In original grey printed wraps. Lightly foxed, with wraps grubby and creased. Ownership inscription at head of front wrap. 'Published under arrangement with the Author', with a six-page preface by the translator, dated October 1866. The Codex Sinaiticus, now in the British Library, was found by Constantin von Tischendorf on his third visit to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt, in 1859. 'I would rather', he writes here, 'have discovered this Sinaitic manuscript than the Koh-i-noor of the Queen off England.'

Autograph Letter Signed "Ignatius OSB" to "Mr Palmer".

[Father] Ignatius [ Joseph Leycester Lyne]
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30 Albany Street [London?], 19 July [1864 added in another hand).

3pp., 8vo, bifolium, grubby, creased, ink-smudge, part of second leaf cut off, cride repairs but text clear and complete, but in a difficult (hasty?) hand. As far as I can tell he says: "My dear Mr Palmer | I have been dining here with Mr [Sturd], I told him that I was writing a tale, which wd be a sequel to Mr Walker's "3 months" & something else besides, he said he thought you wd not object to print & publish it. I was afraid to ask you, thinking it wd do you harm, even if your kindness wd not let you refuse me.

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