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Chester Beatty had extensive business interests in pre- and post-Revolutionary Russia. He visited his mines there several times prior to 1917 and was one of the first Western businessmen to engage with Stalin. He reopened mines in Serbia that had not been worked since Roman times, for which he was honoured by King Alexander of Yugoslavia.

Beatty's engagement with Slavonic culture did not manifest itself in large additions to his collection but he acquired a number of fine examples of Slavonic texts, some beautifully illuminated.


Barnicot, J. D. A. (unpublished) 'Handlist of the Slavonic Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library'