The first Armenian printer in Paris

ARAMEAN, Chanik: Դասարան Հայկազն մանկանց [Dasaran haykazn mankanc, i.e.: Armenian Education for Children]. With two wood engraved vignettes, publisher’s emblem on title and a steam ship at the last page. Paris: Typographie arménienne de Waldner 1860.

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ARAMEAN, Chanik: Դասարան Հայկազն մանկանց [Dasaran haykazn mankanc, i.e.: Armenian Education for Children]. With two wood engraved vignettes, publisher's emblem on title and a steam ship at the last page. Paris: Typographie arménienne de Waldner 1860. 8°. 230 p. Contemporary half-leather cover with ornamental embossed title printing on spine as well as marbled boards.

2nd enlarged edition of this rare pedagogical treatise by writer, typographer and printer Chanik Aramean (also Djanik Aramian, 1820-1879), the founder of the first Paris Armenian print shop in 1846. Inspired by the state of art of french printing he invented new typefaces for Armenian, unfolded rich printing activities in the French capital during the 1850s (e.g.the 1st edition of this book in 1856 and a trilingual French-Turkish-Armenian dictionary in 1856) and later moved his company to Marseille and Constantinople respectively.

Small old library stamp on the title page, paper slightly time stained and minimally foxy, otherwise fine copy of this scarce item indeed. OCLC, KVK and Google locate only one copy worldwide at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Minassian, Histoire Croisées, 1997, p. 52.

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Weight 1 kg