[ANONYMOUS]. The Life of Cyrus. London, Religious Tract Society, [c. 1850].
12mo. Original slate ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind, all edges gilt; pp. 4, vi, -192; a near fine copy from the libray of the Crown Prince of Hanover.
Very rare first edition of this anonymously published history and serious historical and source-critical study of Cyrus the Great, King of Persia, founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian Empire. 'The real difficulty presented by the life of Cyrus, arises from the total absence of contemporary historians who made it their theme, from the tales and legends which were speedily incorporated with it, from the conflicting accounts of the writers who afterwards traced his career, and from the want of chronological data to fix the time and sequence of events' explains the anonymous historian in the preface.
COPAC lists only five copies, with the National Trust, in the BL, at Aberden University, in the National Library of Scotland and at Trinity in Dublin.