Kitab al Abarkasis ay ‘Aamal al Rusul wa al-Quddisin wa Rasayil Mar Bulous al Rasul wa Yaqub wa Butrus wa Yuhanna wa Yahuza wa Abukalapsis. كتاب الأبركاسيس أي أعمال الرسل والقديسين

Early Arabic Printing from Aleppo

Book ID: 16784


4to. 385 p., [13], Arabic lithographed printing with borders, chapters’ headings engraved with decorated borders, vignette at the end, translated into Arabic in 1729 from the Italian edition of 1703 by Jirmanus Farhat, contemporary full calf, very small stamp on front cover, marbled end papers, some pages at the end have very light damp marks, index, in good condition overall, printed in Aleppo on the instructions of His Excellency the Maronite Patriarch Youssef Matar on the 10th of September, 1862.


The origin of the word Abarkasis is Greek and means works. The book is a part of Saint Luke’s gospel, which used to be read daily at the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Coptic language. It was translated into Arabic and used in daily masses in the Greek Orthodox Church when Arabic started to be used in the churches instead of Coptic after 1704; this copy was printed for the Maronite Church and some dates and passages were changed accordingly to follow the Maronite instructions.

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