Chisinau, Moldava (Кишиневь): Protodeacon Anisim, 1927. Hardcover. 4to. Foliated. (5),9-188 ff. Thick boards covered in calf and decorated with nailheads. Frontispiece of King David writing. Contains the Psalms arranged in kathismata, then two other sections follow. Printed in Old Slavonic in red and black throughout.
The colophon states that Psalter is based on the 17th century work of Patriarch Joseph of Moscow. It was published by Protodeacon Anisim with the blessing of Old Believer Bishop Innocent in the summer of 1922. Innocent (Usov Ivan Griforievich, 1879-1942) was a publisher, the founder of the Old Believer Herald, and a fierce opposer of the Bolsheviks. In the early 1920's he became Metropolitan of Chisinau, now in Moldava.
This is well a well worn copy with some early repairs. The leather clasps have perished along with the spine tips. The final leaf is semi-detached. There are no free endpapers; perhaps there never were. Overall only a good copy of a scarce Orthodox Old Believer Psalter printed in the early years of the Soviet era. Good. Item #21208