An unknown copy of a 19th century hymnal: possibilities of identification Cover Image

Nežinomas XIX amžiaus pradžios giesmyno egzempliorius: identifikavimo galimybės
An unknown copy of a 19th century hymnal: possibilities of identification

Author(s): Žavinta Sidabraitė, Margarita Sutiagina
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, 19th Century, Theory of Literature
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: 19th century; hymnal; Lithuanian writings; preface; prayer book;

Summary/Abstract: In 2010, in the National Library of Bavaria in Munich, a copy of the Lithuanian hymnal Iß naujo pérweiʒdẽtos pagérintos Gieſmjû=Knygos (Revised and Improved Hymnal; MhG) was discovered, which was not noticed by the compilers of the national Lithuanian bibliography so far. This is a hymnal in a very typical format (in 12°) for Lithuania Minor; up to now this shape of the book is called “siaurikė” (narrow [book]) by the local Lithuanians. Munich’s copy is in quite good shape; only a page of the German preface and a page from the middle of the Lithuanian preface are missing. The Lithuanian preface is not signed. The hymnal consists of two parts (616 pp.) plus a prayer book bound together with consecutive pagination (all in all 791 pp.). The year of printing is not given, according to the usual practice in the 19th century. The year of publication is also absent from the catalog of the National Library of Bavaria; it contains only the presupposition that the book might have been printed about 1830. We can assume the approximate time of publication by the longhand inscription on the front pastedown page: “Giesmu Knigos ira Barbes Megalle iſz Kiauleikiu Weinam Diewui ant Garbes – 1834” (The hymnal belongs to Barbe Magalle from Kiauleikiai; Glory to God alone – 1834). Thus, the hymnal must have been printed before or in 1834.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 73-84
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Lithuanian