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Sazonova L.I. The Chronicle of the Heavenly Signs: 17th Century Illustrated. Handwritten Codex from the Collection of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences: in 2 vols. Vol. 1. Facsimile Reproduction of the Collection. Vol. 2. Texts, Research, Comments. Ed. by G.V. Markelov and A.V. Sirenov. St. Petersburg, Publishing House of the Pushkinsky Dom, 2018. 588 p. + 528 p.: il.
Studia Litterarum, 2020, vol. 5, no 1, pp. 354–369. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-1-354-369

Author: L.I. Sazonova
Information about the author:

Lydia I. Sazonova, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Received: July 12, 2019
Published: March 25, 2020
Issue: 2020 Vol. 5, №1
Department: Reviews
Pages: 354-369

UDK: 821.161.1
BBK: 83.3(2Рос=Рус)4
Keywords: encyclopedic collection, illustrated manuscript, chronicle of the heavenly signs, solar and lunar eclipses, meteorite falls, phenomenons of halo and auroras, text and image sources, textology, paleography, codicology, authorship problem, convolute manuscript,facsimile, commentary.


This article introduces a remarkable monument of the Russian literature — an illustrated manuscript collection of encyclopedic content, compiled at the beginning of the 17th century. It includes the only known list of The Chronicle of Heavenly Signs so far. An unknown author collected from various historical texts, chronicles and annals, descriptions of solar and lunar eclipses, meteorite falls and movements of comets, phenomena of halo and auroras. Along with the text, the manuscript contains drawings of astronomical and atmospheric events.


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