Returning to the Legacy of Ivan Fyodorov




printing; Ivan Fyodorov; Russia; Grand Dutchy of Lithuania; Pyotr Mstislavets


This review considers a thematic issue of Canadian-American Slavic Studies devoted to the activity of the first Russian printer Ivan Fyodorov. This issue completes a joint project by University College London and the British Library on the history of early Cyrillic printing. It includes eleven articles written by researchers from Great Britain, Russia, and Ukraine. The reviewer briefly characterises each of the articles and hopes that the newly emerging interest in the first stages of Russian printing will generate interest in Russian book culture. Additionally, the reviewer points out that some of the authors put forward hypotheses referring to them as “new” and never mentioning that they have existed for many years or referring to their respective authors. The reviewer demonstrates that some of the hypotheses have already been refuted; also, the authors are not critical enough of circumstantial sources. This approach causes ungrounded hypotheses to appear.

Author Biography

Irina Pochinskaia

Dr. Hab. (History), Head of Laboratory of Archaeographical Studies, Ural Federal University.

19, Mira Str., 620002, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

ORCID 0000-0002-7431-856X


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Kolyada, G. I. (1963a). Ivan Fedorov – redaktor pervopechatnogo Apostola [Ivan Fyodorov as Editor of the First Printed Acts and Epistles of the Apostles]. In Slavyanskii sbornik. Vol. 2, pp. 136–144.

Kolyada, G. I. (1963b). U istokov russkogo knigopechataniya [At the Dawn of Russian Book Printing]. In Trudy Tashkentskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta,. Iss. 211, pp. 96–136.

Leonid (Kavelin), Archim. (1883). Evangelie, napechatannoye v Moskve: 1564–1568 [A Gospel Printed in Moscow, 1564–1568]. In Pamyatniki drevnerusskoi pis’mennosti i iskusstva. St Petersburg, Tipografiya Dobrodeeva. 35 p.

Nemirovskii, E. L. (2007). Ivan Fedorov i ego epokha. Entsiklopedicheskii slovar [Ivan Fyodorov and His Era. Encyclopaedic Dictionary]. Moscow, Entsiklopediya. 912 p.

Pochinskaya, I. V. (2012). Knigopechatanie Moskovskogo gosudarstva vtoroi poloviny XVI – nachala XVII veka v otechestvennoi istoriografii: kontseptsii. problemy, gipotezy [Book Printing in the Moscow State, Second Half of the 16th – Early 17th Centuries: Concepts, Issues, Hypotheses]. Yekaterinburg, Izdatel’stvo Ural’skogo universiteta. 400 p.



How to Cite

Pochinskaia, I. (2019). Returning to the Legacy of Ivan Fyodorov. Quaestio Rossica, 7(3), 1018–1025.



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