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Book/Printed Material Something for the Unlearned.

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  • Something for the Unlearned.


  • Most famous for being the father of Bulgarian revolutionary Khristo Botev, Botio Petkov (1815--69) was an accomplished educator and writer in his own right. Among his students were the luminaries Ivan Vazov and Nikola Nachov. Born in the town of Karlovo, Petkov himself studied with a famous teacher, Raino Popovich. Petkov wrote for the early Bulgarian newspaper Tsarigradski vestnik (Constantinople Herald), and published several translations into Bulgarian from Russian, including this book. Petkov completed this translation while he was a seminary student in Odessa, a city in Russia (present-day Ukraine) with a large colony of Bulgarians living outside the confines of the Ottoman Empire. This 1843 booklet is a Protestant religious tract, one of the earliest such items to be published by American missionaries in Bulgaria. The publisher, the press of A. Damian in Smyrna (in present-day Turkey), mainly produced religious works such as this.


  • Petkov, Bot'o, 1815-1869 Translator.

Created / Published

  • Smyrna : A. Damianova, 1843.


  • -  Bulgaria
  • -  1843
  • -  Missions
  • -  Protestant churches


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "The book is printed in Church Slavic script."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 32 pages ; 14 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • -  Content in Bulgarian.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021666555

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  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Petkov, Bot'O, Translator. Something for the Unlearned. Smyrna: A. Damianova, 1843. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Petkov, B. (1843) Something for the Unlearned. Smyrna: A. Damianova. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Petkov, Bot'O, Translator. Something for the Unlearned. Smyrna: A. Damianova, 1843. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.