De Gaecae Ecclesae Hodierno Statu Epistola
1678, Thomas Smith's description of the Greek Church
Second edition. Full leather, 17.5 × 11cm, , 112pp, 97–183pp, . This copy lacks the title page but a previous owner has included a typed note which states this edition published in London 1678/1679 and is an augmented edition. The collation is correct for the second edition according to COPAC, including the illustration on page 100 of the markings placed on consecrated bread. Latin and Greek text.
Thomas Smith's study of the Greek Church, including the territorial extent of its ecclesiastical body, its hierarchy and feast days. Thomas Smith (1638–1710) was an English scholar, expelled Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford (he had repeatedly refused to subscribe the oaths to William and Mary). He became fellow of Magdalen in 1667, and dean in 1674, during which time he travelled to Constantinople and after returning to Oxford, he became a scholar on the affairs of the Levant, and especially on the state of the Greek Orthodox Church.
The leather binding is in poor condition, with the front board and endpaper detached and the corners rubbed and bumped. As mentioned the title page is lacking. The main body of text is in good order and is complete with secure binding. Light marginal foxing and tanning towards the end of the text.