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A priest would have carried this workhorse ritual book, with its 19 sections on rites for birth, marriage, death, and other blessed occasions, circa 1698. The binding and clasps of embossed silver, made in Armenia, protect a relatively plain text. The compact volume (6 x 9 1/4 inches) will be exhibited in the show Secular, Sacred, February 19–June 4, courtesy of the Boston Public Library.