The Library recently acquired this beautifully illuminated and historically important Gospel Book. The Verin Noravank‘
mentioned in the colophon as the place where it was copied has recently been identified with the ruins of Aratesi Vank‘ in the Republic of Armenia, a short distance from the more famous Noravank‘
Monastery. Armenian manuscripts routinely have lengthy colophons; this one contains one of the rare allusions to Yaqub, the leader of the Aq Qoyunlu (White Sheep Turcomans), who ruled much of the eastern parts of historic Armenia. The Evangelist Mark is depicted with the opening page of his Gospel. Relatively spare but typically Armenian marginal illustrations appear throughout the text.
A digital copy of the Verin Noravank‘ Gospel Book is available in PDF and Page Turner format on the Library’s website at http://lccn.loc.gov/2009436809.