Below is a note found in my copy of ქართულ-რუსულ-ჶრანციცული ლექსიკონი by დავით ჩუბინაშვილი, published in 1840. With help from my friend დათო, here is the result of our (mostly his) decipherment.
ეს წინგი შემთხვევით ვიყიდე საკო- მისიო მაღაზიაში 172 მანეთად, ყდაში მივეცი 40 მან., ამგვარად სულ დამიჯდა 212 მანეთი. I bought this book by chance¹ in the commi- ssary shop for 172 roubles, (for it to be) in a binding I gave 40 roub.², therefore altogether I paid 212 roubles.³
ფ. ი. რურუა P. I. Rurua
1946 წლის 26/?⁴ 1946 26/?
(1) შემთხვევით can be "accidentally" or "by chance". Given that one does not usually buy a book accidentally, I assume what is meant is that the person did not deliberately go out to buy it.
(2) I don't have confirmation this is the case here, but in older book-buying traditions, one would pay a price for the textblock (i.e. contents of the book) and then pay an additional cost for a cover (given that it could be plain or fancy at the buyer's desire). I presume this is such a situation.
(3) Nearest I can tell, this was ~ $7.50 in USD at the time, or maybe about $75 now. Not a bad deal.
(4) It is not clear which month this is, guesses are maybe მაი (May) or მარტი (March).
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