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An Archive of Material, Related to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, from the Collection of Archpriest Mikhail Polskii of San Francisco

By Various

Various, 1940. Softcover. Various places, various dates, 1930s to 1960s. Forty two original photographs, various sizes and mediums, many of them with manuscript notes, captions, and inscriptions; eight photo-cards, brochures, etc.; three letters and documents; condition varies from very good - several photos with glue and paper remnants from being pasted to albums (?), a few creases and chips - to near fine or better, with very minor wear. - An interesting archive of photos and papers, documenting events and people of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the life of Mikhail Polskii (1891 - 1960), presumably from his personal collection of material. Archpriest, theologian, and author Polskii entered the Moscow Theological Academy in 1921, which was closed down by the authorities a short time later. He was arrested in 1923, during the 1921 - 1928 Anti-religious Campaign, and sentenced to hard labor at the Solovki Prison Camp, and later, in 1929, he was sent into a 3-year exile in Syktykvar. He escaped in 1930, first to Palestine and in 1934 to Beirut, where he was a Rector of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA) in Beirut. He lived in London from 1938 to 1948, when he came to California. He was the Archpriest of the Cathedral of Joy of All who Sorrow in San Francisco from 1952 until 1959. Many of the photographs are of Polskii himself, alone and with people from his flock, and images of other dignitaries and religious leaders of ROCA. The more memorable ones include portraits of Archbishop Leontii and Arkhimandrit Antonii iof Jerusalem (inscribed). Others depict religious ceremonies and a group photo in front of the Cathedral of Joy of All who Sorrow. The last two images are different - the first that of Nikolai Feodorovich Printsev of the Special Corps of Gendarmes (1911) and the second of the Representatives of the Russian Imperial Family in Bulgaria. - The photo-cards and leaflets contain photos of representatives of ROCA, including Archpriest Vasilii Musin-Pushkin, Bishop Iosif Taganrogskii, and others. - Typed letter signed, by the Russian Technical Association - an emigre organization in Beirut - thanking Mikhail Polskii for the series of religious lectures he has delivered to members of the organization and to Russian community in Lebanon. - Manuscript letter, with the signatures of emigres in London, expressing gratitude for his lectures and explaining that the money enclosed (not present) are to be used to ensure the future of the journal "Na strazh pravoslaviia." -Large certificate of merit, printed, illustrated, and hand-filled, by Feofil Pashkovskii, Archbishop of San Francisco and Bishop of All America and Canada.


“Polnyi mesiatsoslov vsekh prazdnuemykh pravoslavnoiu grekovostochnoiu tserkoviiu sviatykh, sobrannyi iz Moskovskikh i Kievskikh sviattsov, iz prologa i chet-minei, s priobshcheniem k nemu na kontse tolkovaniia imen po alfavitu†bound together with “Istoricheskoe opisanie nakhodiashchikhsia v Rossii eparkhii, monastyrei i tserkvei, s pokazaniem: nachala i postroeniia onykh; krestnykh khodov; khramovykh prazdnikov v Sanktpeterburge i Moskve; Paskhalii na 50 let; i dostopamiatneishikh v Rossii proizshestvii Khronologicheskim poriadkom†(“Complete Menology of All of the Celebrated Greek Eastern Orthodox Eastern Church Saints, Collected from the Moscow and the Kiev Calendars, from the Prolog and the Menaion, with Interpretation of the Names, in Alphabetical Order, at the End†bound together with “A Historical Description of the Dioceses, Monasteries, and Churches in Russia, with Information on their Foun

By Various

Sanktpeterburg: Imperatorskoi akademii nauk/Sanktpeterburg: Tipografii Ivana Glazunova, 1822. Hardcover. Two books bound together, the first title presumed second edition (OCLC lists only a 1817 edition) and the second title is a second edition, 1822 and 1825; 8 1/2 x 5 1/4; respectively: pp. [7], 4-146 and pp. [1], IV-XV, [2], 2-228; 1/4 brown morocco and marbled boards; gilt dentelles and title to spine; laid paper; 1 1/2" cut to tail of spine; rubbed spots to corners; small label to upper margin of front board; remnants of a bookplate to front board verso; a small inked number and two stamps from the Kiev Historical Library and another, German library; the first book illustrated with 25 full-page, wood engravings, the second with a large, fold-out table; overall in very good condition. Both early-19th-century, important works, the books documented the holidays, customs, and religious landmarks of the Russian Eastern Orthodox Church. The first title, literally translated as "The Book of Months," was essentially an ecclesiastical calendar, containing the names of the saints, in order of the dates on which they were commemorated, and the festivals in their honor. Each month's entry was illustrated with beautiful wood engravings, which depicted that month's saints, as portrayed by the Orthodox Church. The second book gave descriptions and histories of famous Russian monasteries, noteworthy cathedrals and churches in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and more.


Razmyshlenie o Nagornoi Propovedi Iisusa Khrista [Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing]

By Vait, E. G. [White, Ellen G.]

Petrograd: s. n., 1915. Softcover. First Russian edition; 5 1/4 x 7 1/2; pp. 179; green wraps ruled and printed in black; small loss of paper to head of spine; a few small spots to margins of wraps; a bit of discoloration to lower corner of pages (generally not affecting text); illustrated from paintings; very good-. First Russian appearance of Ellen White's (1827 - 1915) "Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing," originally published in 1896 and offered a commentary on the key verses of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.. A controversial figure, she was a Christian pioneer, prolific author, and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. One copy in OCLC with none other presently in the trade.


Voskresenskii Skit na Valaame I v Nem Kuvukliia s Podobiem Groba Gospodnia [Resurrection Skete on Valaam and Its Edicule Reproduced after the Holy Sepulchre]

By [Valaamskago Monastyria]

St. Petersburg: Tipo-litografiia I. Generalova, 1913. Softcover. Second edition; 5 1/2 x 8; pp. 34; beige wraps printed in black; light spots to wraps, else minor wear; illustrated with photographs; very good. Valaam Island is the biggest one of fifty, comprising the Valaam Archipelago in Russian Karelia. It is best known for its Valaam Monastery which was found sometime in the 10th century by a Greek monk, Sergius, and his Karelian companion, Herman and was intended as a northern outpost of the Eastern Orthodoxy against "the heathens." Valaam is also home to Resurrection Skete which according to legend was erected on the spot where Saint Andrei Pervozvanny had placed a stone cross. Addressing the desire of many Russian pilgrims to visit the Holy Land but unable financially to do so, Edicule Reproduced after the Holy Sepulchre was created in 1906. The book describes the history of the monastery and the edicule and the story of philanthropist I. Sibiriakov whose generous donation of 10 000 rubles in 1896 helped renovate and preserve the sacred complex. Not in OCLC or in the trade.


Belaia Kniga. Zhizn' i Deiatel'nost' Arkhiepiskopa Afanasiia

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Buenos Aires: Obshchestva Pochitatelei Ego Vysokopreosviashchenstva Arkhiepiskopa Afanasiia, 1971. Softcover. First edition; 7 x 10 1/2; pp. 64; off-white wraps printed in dark blue; mild age-toning along margins; a few crease lines to corners; several small nicks to edges, mostly to back wrap; illustrated with portrait frontis and photographs; very good condition. 'The White Book' - part biography and part archive of documents, letters, and articles - was published by supporters of Archbishop Afanasii of Buenos Aires as a response to allegations against him by parishioners and immigrants in Argentina and Australia. Archbishop Afanasii (Anton Martos) was born near Nesvizh, Belarus in 1904. After holding various positions in his country, in 1946 he moved to Hamburg where he worked with his compatriots at the Fishbeck DP Camp. In 1950 Afanasii was appointed Bishop in Sidney, Australia and in 1956 with the death of Archbishop Ioasaf in Argentina Afanasii took his spot and sailed to Buenos Aires. On the one hand, he was known to work with the Russian emigre youth, publish a religious journal, and manage to secure funds for buying land and, ultimately, building an Orthodox cathedral for his parishioners in Buenos Aires; on the other hand, in a series of letters and articles, he was accused of "defiantly refusing to condemn Communism," never speaking of Russia, and of altogether professing anti-Russian sentiments. The publication of the book was the ultimate refutation to the "slanderous and false efforts of wicked men."


Tainy Zagrobnoi Zhizni. K Voprosu o Pominovenii Usopshikh

By Kolchev, Leonid

Copenhagen: Russkaia Tserkovnaia Tipografiia Prep. Iova Pochaevskago , 1934.. Softcover. First edition; 6 x 9; pp. 60; light green illustrated wraps; chip with a small loss of paper to tips of spine; mild darkening along margins; light uniform age-toning to pages; frontis and vignettes at beginning of chapters; very good. Archpriest Leonid Ivanovich Kolchev was born in 1871. In 1905 he was appointed member of the Court Clergy at the Imperial Estate Oreanda in the Crimea. Persecuted and forced to emigrate after the Revolution, Leonid and his young family settled in Constantinople where he was a member of the Episcopal Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1924, Maria Feodorovna - Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Empress Consort of Russia, spouse of Emperor Alexander III, and mother of Nicholas II - arranged for the Kolchev family to move to Denmark where - for the remainder of his life - Leonid Ivanovich was the head of the Orthodox Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Copenhagen. He wrote several articles, sermons, and books but none was as popular and, in fact still reprinted today in several languages including English, as his current "Mysteries of Life after Death" in which he offers his explanation to the question of what happens to the soul after death and how one can prepare oneself for that time. OCLC lists 3 copies in institutions with none other in the trade.


Liturgika Dlia Ukrains'kikh Katolits'kikh Shkil (In 2 vol.) [Vol. I - Sviati Rechi; Vol. II - Sviati Bogosluzhbi]

By Solovii, M. M. and Skwarok, J.

Toronto: OO. Vasiliian, 1959. Soft cover. First edition (in Ukrainian and English); 6 ½†x 9 ½†; vol. I pp. [4], 7-87, [1] including text to last page, vol. II pp. [3], 6-128 including text to last page; original pictorial wraps – orange vol. I, green vol. II; vol. I with a small closed cut to tail of spine and a few slight crease lines to front cover; vol. II with minor wear, near fine; illustrated from photographs; in Ukrainian and English on facing pages.


Recueil de chants religieux russes : a cappella (32) de Bakhmetiev...[et al] et Ce?lestin Bourdeau. Re?pertoire de l'E?glise Russe de Paris (in French and Russian)

By Bortniansky, Bakhmetiev, Alexis Lvov, Makarov, et al

Petrograd/ New York/ Paris: W. Bessel, 1890. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, undated (c1890); 9" x 11 3/4"; pp. [6], 3-155, [1]; custom bound in 3/4 linen and marbled boards; small label with 'N 17' to upper margin of front cover; few spots of foxing and soiling only to margins of first several pages, else remarkably clean and well-preserved; paste-on frontis of the Madonna to front cover verso; edges and corners of covers show rubbing; small note in ink to upper corner of list of contents; very good. Subtitled: "Chants liturgiques du Rite Orthodoxe, d'apre`s le texte en vieux Slavon et conforme?ment aux traditions de l'E?glise Russe, arrange?s, transcrits en caracte?res Latins, afin d' obtenir, par des Chanteurs francais ou autres, le meme re?sultat, les memes effets que si ces morceaux e?taient exe?cute?s par des Russes. Arrangement et re?duction pour Orgue, Harmonium ou Piano en permettra l; exe?cution a de?faut de chanteurs." Words in Church Slavonic and romanized; also printed as text in French on caption at beginning of each work. A beautiful compilation of compositions by great names such as Bakhmetiev and Lvov, including 'So Sviatymi Upokoi/ Bortniansky,' 'Khristos Voskrese/ Bakhmetiev,' etc.