A charming pocket calendar and almanac, published for year 1800 for the use of the residents of Istanbul and environs. The printer, Madteas Dpri, active from c1796-1813, was known for his small-format printing, including psalters, visions, Marian devotional texts, and especially calendars, which often bear woodcuts and contain chronologies, prophecies, and medical advice. Our exemplar, the only known copy of the earliest surviving Dpri calendar, bears a woodcut of Luke I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church from 1780-1799. A twelve-month calendar, with astrological and meterological notes, prophecies, saints' days, and records of historical events, forms the bulk of the text, which is bookended by a reverse chronology in the beginning, and a sunset-sunrise table at end. A very good copy, and a rare survival, preserved in its original block-printed and hand-tinted wallpaper wraps.
Istanbul: Madteas Dpri, 1799.
12mo, 125 x 79 x 4 mm. [A-B]12, 48 pp. Both gatherings sewn one-on through a plain inner paper wrapper, text block then cased in the pasted-up block-printed sheet, the plain-paper leaves forming pastedowns. Woodcut vignettes. Covers a bit worn, minor worming to last two leaves, affecting a few letters, a marginal tear to one leaf, not affecting text, minor stains passim.
Modern penciled booksellers' notations to pastedowns.
Not in Worldcat, KVK, etc. Not in KOHA, the Armenian union catalogue, though single copies of Dpri calendars for 1805, 1809, and 1813 are recorded.