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Early Bulgarian Imprint Collection

Bulgarian-language publications, nineteenth century

The early Bulgarian Imprint Collection, purchased by the Library of Congress in 1949 and housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, contains copies of some of the earliest books printed in the modern Bulgarian language. Because printing presses were prohibited within Bulgaria by the Turks before the country achieved national autonomy in 1878, these books were printed chiefly in Constantinople, Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Budapest. The approximately six hundred "pre-liberation" books in the collection include copies of one hundred fifty religious books, fifty grammars and readers, thirty-five histories, thirty patriotic works, thirty-three translations, and twenty calendars. Approximately 40 percent of the Bulgarian-language publications produced between 1806 and 1877 are represented. Of particular note is the 1806 edition of Krakow, the collection of ninety-six sermons prepared by Bishop Sofroniǐ of Vrasta, which was the first book to be published in modern Bulgarian. Two annotated copies of the standard bibliography Opis na starite pechatani bǔlgarski knigi by Valeriǐ Pgorelov serves as the finding aid to the Collection.

Digitized Items in the Collection

Bukvar's Razlichny Poucheniia

Beron, Petŭr Bukvar's Razlichny Poucheniia [s. l. : s. n.], v godě 1824.
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Kratkoe Politicheskoe Zempleopisanie... Neofit, Archimandrite, ca. 1780-1848. Kratkoe Politicheskoe Zemleopisanie za Obuchenie na Bolgarskoto Mladenchestvo. [Brief Political Geography of the Instruction of Bulgarian Youth.] Kragujevac, Serbia. 1835
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Bulgarskite Khaiduti Rakovski, Georgi Stoĭkov, 1821-1867. Bŭlgarskite Khaiduti. Bucharest, 1867.
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Gabrovsko-to uchilishte i negovy-tie pŭrvi popechiteli. Slaveĭkov, Petko Rachev, 1827-1895. Gabrovsko-to uchilishte i negovy-tie pŭrvi popechiteli, [The Gabrovo School and Its First Trustees.] TSarigrad: V knigopechatnitsu̐-tu̐ na A. Minasīana i Sŭdruzh, 1866.
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[Accounts of the executors of V.E. Aprilov submitted to N.N. Aprilov eng]. Slaveĭkov, Petko Rachev, 1827-1895. Smietka na dusheprikashtiky-tie V.E. Aprilova podadena N.N. Aprilovu. [Accounts of the executors of V.E. Aprilov submitted to N.N. Aprilov eng]. Tsarigrad: Pechatnitsa na "Makedoni︠u̐", v Metokh-t na Bŭlgarsku̐-tu̐ Cherkvu̐, 1867.
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Kyriakodromion. [Bulgarian Sunday Book]. Sofroniĭ, Vrachanski, Bishop of Vratsa, 1739-1813. Kyriakodromion. [Bulgarian Sunday Book]. Rym. [Rimnicu, Romania], 1806.
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