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  • Chasoslovets.


  • This chasoslovets (book of hours or horologion) is the first book printed by the first Bulgarian printer, Iakov (Jacob) Kraikov. It is a collection of prayers, eulogies, saints' lives, and apocrypha that both served as a daily handbook for priests and was valued by lay readers in search of knowledge and enlightenment. Kraikov printed the book in Venice, at the largest Slavic Cyrillic printing-house for Serbs and Bulgarians in the city, which he acquired in 1566. The selection of font, typesetting, pagination, and the rich artful decoration (more than 30 engravings) are evidence of Kraikov's typographic proficiency. The book is today a bibliographical rarity: copies are held in several European libraries, including the Vatican Library, the British Library, the Ecclesiastical Museum in Belgrade, and the Matica Srpska Library in Novi Sad. In Bulgaria copies of chasoslovets are owned by the National Library in Sofia, the Ivan Vazov Regional Library in Plovdiv, and the National Historical Museum.


  • Kraĭkov, I︠A︡kov, flourished 1566-1572 Compiler.

Created / Published

  • Venice, Italy : I︠A︡kov Kraĭkov, 1566.


  • -  Bulgaria
  • -  1566
  • -  Books of hours
  • -  Liturgies
  • -  Orthodox Eastern Church
  • -  Prayers
  • -  Saints


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 229 sheets ; 12.5 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Bulgaria.
  • -  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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  • 2021666614

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Chicago citation style:

Kraĭkov, I︠A︡Kov, Flourished Compiler. Chasoslovets. Venice, Italy: I︠A︡kov Kraĭkov, 1566. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Kraĭkov, I. (1566) Chasoslovets. Venice, Italy: I︠A︡kov Kraĭkov. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kraĭkov, I︠A︡Kov, Flourished Compiler. Chasoslovets. Venice, Italy: I︠A︡kov Kraĭkov, 1566. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.