[ANONYMOUS]. The Greek and Eastern Churches: Their History, Faith, and Worship. London, Religious Tract Society, [c. 1851].
12mo. Original slate ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind, all edges gilt; pp. 4, iv, -192; very light spotting only here and there internally; a near-fine copy from the library of the Crown Prince of Hanover with his name inscribed on front fly-leaf and library shelfmark label on spine.
Astonishingly rare first edition of a book on Eastern Churches. 'To some the Greek Church is, or has till very lately been, entirely unknown; by some, looked upon as identical with Popery; and by others regarded as though it were only a matter of history, and as though its influence were wholly extinct' (p. 6). The entirely unknown author intends to tackle this dire state of affairs, as '[it can't] be pleaded that the Greek church is insignificant or uninteresting' (p. 7).
COPAC locates three copes only, in the BL, at Edinburgh University and in the National Library of Scotland (which might suggest that the author was Sottish).