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  • Book/Printed Material
    Armenia and Kurdistan. In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. Armenia and Kurdistan is Number 62 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were published after...
    • Contributor: Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920

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    History of Armenia : from B. C. 2247 to the year of Christ 1780, or 1229 of the Armenian era History of Armenia, from B. C. 2247 to the year of Christ 1780, or 1229 of the Armenian era is a translation of an abridged version of the three-volume history of Armenia, originally written in Armenian by Father Mik'ayel Ch'amch'yants' and published in Venice in 1784-86. Ch'amch'yants' was born in Istanbul in 1738, and in 1762 he became a member of the Armenian Catholic...
    • Contributor: Avtaliantz, John - Chʻamchʻyantsʻ, Mikʻayel
    • Date: 1827
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    Patmutʻiwn hayotsʻ : I skzbaně ashkharhi minchʻew tsʻam teaṛn 1784 : ěst awandeloy ayleayl matenagratsʻ. Mik'ayel Ch'amch'yants' was born in Istanbul in 1738. After training and working as a jeweler in his native city, in 1762 he joined the Armenian Catholic Mekhitarist order at the St. Lazar Monastery in Venice. Founded by Abbott Mekhitar (1676-1749) in 1700, the Mekhitarists were dedicated to the religious, cultural, and literary revival of Armenia, which at the time was under the rule of...
    • Contributor: Chʻamchʻyantsʻ, Mikʻayel
    • Date: 1784
  • Book/Printed Material
    Girkʻ patmutʻeantsʻ erkrin Tarōnoy The arrival of the relics of Surb Karapet (The Holy Precursor, John the Baptist) in Armenia figures prominently in the conversion narrative of the Armenians. Girkʻ patmutʻeantsʻ erkrin Tarōnoy (The history of Taron) purports to be a fourth-century history of the Christianization of Armenia, narrated in two parts. The first deals with the relics of Saint John the Baptist and their disposition. The second...
    • Contributor: Zenob Glak
    • Date: 1719

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    Dictionarium novum latino-armenium ex præcipuis armeniæ linguæ scriptoribus concinnatum : in quo, præter adjunctos singularum vocum sensus multiplices, multa etiam theologica, physica, moralia, historica, mathematica, geographica, chronologica suis quæque locis passim explicantur ...
    Dictionarium latino armenium | Baṛgirkʻ haykakan lezui
    The Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) was established by the Roman Catholic Church early in the 17th century to defend itself against the effects of the Protestant Reformation, to communicate with the peoples of newly discovered lands in the Americas and elsewhere, and to attempt a spiritual reconquest of lands lost to it in the...
    • Contributor: Villotte, Jacobus
    • Date: 1714

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    Sasuntsʻi Davitʻ : haykakan zhoghovrdakan ēpos
    David Sasunskiĭ
    Sasuntzi Davith (David of Sasun, also seen as Daredevils of Sasun) is an Armenian folk epic about the adventures of David of Sasun (also seen as David of Sassoun), a legendary Christian hero who defended Armenia against invaders from Egypt and Persia. The epic is based on an oral tradition dating from the seventh to tenth centuries. It existed solely in oral form until...
    • Contributor: Orbeli, I. A. (Iosif Abgarovich)
    • Date: 1961

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ėrivanskai︠a︡ gubernii︠a︡.
    Эриванская губерния.
    This card is one of a souvenir set of 82 illustrated cards-one for each province of the Russian Empire as it existed in 1856. Each card presents an overview of a particular province's culture, history, economy, and geography. The front of the card depicts such distinguishing features as rivers, mountains, major cities, and chief industries. The back of each card contains a map of...
    • Date: 1856

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    Kavkazskiĭ kraĭ.
    Кавказский край.
    This card is one of a souvenir set of 82 illustrated cards-one for each province of the Russian Empire as it existed in 1856. Each card presents an overview of a particular province's culture, history, economy, and geography. The front of the card depicts such distinguishing features as rivers, mountains, major cities, and chief industries. The back of each card contains a map of...
    • Date: 1856

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  • Book/Printed Material
    The Book of Fridays. The first book printed in Armenian was the Urbathagirq (The book of Fridays), which was published in Venice in 1512 by Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner). Little is known about Hakob Meghapart, or why he styled himself "the Sinner" (or "the Sinful"). Armenia was at that time under the rule of the Ottoman Turks, and the Diaspora community played a critically important role in...
    • Contributor: Meghapart, Hakob - Grigor, Narekatsʻi, Saint, 951
    • Date: 1512

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    Armenian Liturgical Calendar. Parzatumar (Armenian liturgical calendar) was the second book printed in Armenian, after the Urbathagirq (The book of Fridays). Both books were published by Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner), who in 1512 settled among the Armenian community in Venice and established the first Armenian press. In this copy, from the National Library of Armenia, the two works are bound together. Little is known about Hakob...
    • Contributor: Meghapart, Hakob
    • Date: 1513

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    Song Book by Hakob Meghapart. Tagharan (Song book), a collection of odes for the soul and the body, was one of the first five books published by Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner), who established the first Armenian printing press in Venice in 1512. Little is known about Hakob Meghapart, or why he styled himself "the Sinner" (or "the Sinful"). Armenia was at that time under the rule of the...
    • Contributor: Meghapart, Hakob
    • Date: 1513

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    Gospels. Dated to the tenth century, this manuscript is the oldest Armenian codex in North America and the fifth oldest among documented Armenian Gospel books. The principal colophon, on folio 2 verso, records that Sargis the priest completed the text in 415 (966). Within the framed area, the commission of the codex is described: a priest, whose name was replaced by the later owner T'oros,...
    • Contributor: Sargis
    • Date: 0966

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  • Map
    Colton's Persia, Arabia, Et cetera.
    Persia, Arabia &c.
    This map showing the Arabian Peninsula, Persia (present-day Iran), Afghanistan, and Baluchistan (present-day Iran and Pakistan) was published in 1855 by the G.W. and C.B. Colton and Company of New York. Coloring is used to indicate borders and certain provinces or settled areas. The map shows cities, mountains, and roads, and includes some notes on topographical features. The old Qatari city of Al Zabara...
    • Contributor: J.H. Colton & Company - Colton, G. Woolworth (George Woolworth)
    • Date: 1855

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  • Map
    Map of the Turkish Empire.
    Turcici Imperii Imago
    This map shows the Ottoman Empire as it appeared in the early 17th century. It details Ottoman territories in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and includes Persia, Transcaucasia, Ethiopia, and other surrounding lands. Topographic features, place-names, and populations are definitively marked, although the nomenclature of the time differs markedly from that used today. The Red Sea is termed the Sea of Mecca, for example, and...
    • Contributor: Mercator, Gerhard - Hondius, Jodocus
    • Date: 1600

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    Lands of the Emperor of the Turks or the Ottoman Sultan in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
    Estats de l'empire du Grand Seigneur des Turqs ou Sultan des Ottomans en Asie, en Afrique, et en Europe
    This map shows the Ottoman Empire as it was conceived in Europe in the last quarter of the 17th century. It is a reprint, dated 1679, of an earlier edition possibly included in a series of world atlases published by Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) in the middle of the century. The map shows geological features, such as rivers, deserts, and mountain ranges. Cities and towns...
    • Contributor: Sanson, Nicolas
    • Date: 1679
  • Map
    Colton's Persia, Arabia, Et cetera.
    Colton's Persia, Arabia, &c.
    This map showing the Arabian Peninsula, Persia (present-day Iran), Afghanistan, Baluchistan (present-day Iran and Pakistan), and adjacent territories was copyrighted in 1855 by J.H. Colton & Company of New York. Coloring is used to indicate borders and certain provinces or settled areas. The map shows cities, mountains, and roads, and includes some notes on topographical features. The old Qatari city of al-Zabarah is shown....
    • Contributor: J.H. Colton & Company - Colton, G. Woolworth (George Woolworth)
    • Date: 1865

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    The Eastern Basin of the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.
    Il Bacino orientale del mediterraneo il mar rosso ed il golfo persico
    This undated Italian map of the Middle East was published by the firm G.B. Paravia of Turin, Italy. It is a political map marking the boundaries of states and empires at the date of printing, probably at the very end of the 19th century. A clue to dating is the designation of Somalia Italiana (Italian Somalia). A series of Italian protectorates was established in...
    • Contributor: Salussolia - Paravia (Firm)
    • Date: 1890
  • Map
    "The Daily Telegraph" War Map of Egypt and the Near East (Number 6). This general map of the Middle East was published in London 1918. It shows Anatolia, Egypt, and the Arabian Desert. Despite the title, it is not focused on the region as a theater of battle. The political borders shown on the map are vague, except for the eastern border of Egypt and the Iranian and Russian frontiers. The map was issued at the end...
    • Contributor: The Daily Telegraph - Gross, Alexander
    • Date: 1918
  • Map
    Western Asia.
    Asie occidentale
    This map of western Asia dating from 1809 is by Pierre M. Lapie (1779-1850). It covers the region between Novgorod and Arkhangelsk, Russia in the northwest and the mouth of the Indus River in the southeast. The southern coast of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf appears as an almost smooth gentle curve, broken only by the mouth of large river called Aftan (present-day Wadi al-Sahba,...
    • Contributor: Lapie, M. (Pierre) - Diot, Mrs - Chamouin, Jean Baptiste Marie, 1768 - Prudhomme, Active 18th Century-19th Century - Malte-Brun, Conrad - Giraldon-Bovinet, Flourished
    • Date: 1809
  • Map
    Persia, or the Safavid Kingdom.
    Persia sive Sophorum Regnum
    This decorative and detailed map of Persia is by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), a Dutch cartographer, globe maker, and publisher. Blaeu trained with the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and began producing maps and charts in the early years of the 17th century. In 1633 he became the official cartographer for the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC--Dutch East India Company). Blaeu is best known for his...
    • Contributor: Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
    • Date: 1635
  • Map
    New Persia, Armenia, Anatolia and Arabia.
    Nova Persiæ, Armeniæ, Natoliæ, et Arabiæ
    This highly decorative map of the Middle East is by the Dutch engraver, publisher, and map seller Frederick de Wit (1629 or 1630-1706). It was published in Amsterdam in about 1666. The map covers the regions from present-day Turkey and Egypt to Afghanistan and the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, the Nile River, Cyprus, Asia Minor, the Gulf of Aden, Armenia, the Caspian Sea,...
    • Contributor: Wit, Frederik De - Sanson, Nicolas
    • Date: 1666
  • Map
    Turkish Empire.
    Tvrcicvm imperivm
    This detailed map of the Turkish Empire at the height of its powers was produced in Amsterdam by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) in about 1635, when the Ottoman territories included the Balkans, Anatolia, the Levant, and parts of Hungary, Ukraine, North Africa and Arabia. The map centers on the eastern Mediterranean (marked Mare Syriacum, or Syrian Sea) and northern Arabia, and it extends from...
    • Contributor: Blaeu, Joan - Blaeu, Willem Janszoon
    • Date: 1635

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  • Map
    New and Accurate Map of Arabia, Asian Turkey, etc..
    Nieuwe en naukeurige kaart van Arabien Asiatisch Turkyen enz
    Emanuel Bowen (circa 1694-1767) enjoyed great renown as a cartographer, engraver, and publisher of maps. His prolific output and ability was recognized to such an extent that he was official engraver both to King George II of Great Britain and to King Louis XV of France. The map presented here was created and first engraved by Bowen, and it appeared in several of his...
    • Contributor: Jagen, Jan Van - Bowen, Emanuel - Bachiene, Willem Albert
    • Date: 1769