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11 items: four Gospels, A.D. 966; four Gospels, A.D. 1193; four Gospels, A.D. 1262; four Gospels, A.D. 1455; four Gospels, A.D. 1475; four Gospels, A.D.' 1488; four Gospels, early 17th c; four Gospels, A.D. 1666; four Gospels, 17th c; hymnal, A.D. 1678; and hymnal, late 17th c. Finding aid: Sirarpie Der Nersessian, Armenian Manuscripts in the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1973). Also cited in De Ricci and Sanjian, noted in the introduction of this book. (Walters nos. 10.537–10.547)
Catherine II (1729-1796)
Papers, 1744–96 and undated, 56 items. Empress of Russia, 1762–96. Official letters and a few documents, all original, written by an amanuensis and signed by Catherine, some also signed by Peter III, and (primarily) brief informal notes in Catherine's own hand, generally comments or directions to her ambassadors or other staff. Some of the notes are in Russian, others in French, and 1 in German. Includes what curator Dorothy Miner thought to be the earliest known signature of Catherine, when she was 15 and the fiancee of the Archduke Peter. (NUCMC 65–2021)
Four Gospels, A.D. 1687, written in ecclesiastical Georgian minuscules, on paper. Gold cover, decorated in cloisonne enamel, inscribed on the binding (in cursive warrior script) with the names of Lord Giorgi Kvinikhidze and Georgui XI, King of Karthli (Shah Nawas II), 1675–1709. Cited in De Ricci. (Walters no. 10.549)
Izbornik (Prayer Book)
Dated 1079 A.D. but actually written by a 19th c. forger of medieval texts, Aleksandr Ivanovich Sulakasianis (1771–1828 or 1832). On vellum, in ustav script, with red velvet binding. It bears some indications of provenance. Cited in De Ricci. (Walters no. 10.548)
Paul I (1754-1801)
Tsar. A land grant to Protosov, a member of the privy council, 9 February 1798, on vellum, bound in gold boards, with the imperial red wax seal attached. (Walters no. 10.515).