PINKERTON, Robert (trans.)
The Present State of the Greek Church in Russia, or a summary of Christian divinity; by Platon, late Metropolitan of Moscow. Translated from the Slavonian. With a preliminary memoir on the ecclesiastical establishment in Russia; and an appendix, containing an account of the origin and different sects of Russian dissenters. Edinburgh: printed for Oliphant, Waugh & Innes. 1814
xii, 339, p. 8vo. Expert repair along leading edge A6, small tears to top of N6. Expertly bound in recent half calf, marbled boards, gilt ruled spine, dark green morocco label. fresh contemporary endpapers & pastedowns.
¶The first English edition, translated by the Scottish missionary Robert Pinkerton. 'His object, accordingly, in publishing this volume, is to exhibit a view of the principles of the church of Russia, in the only unexceptionable way in which this object can be accomplished, by affording the Russian divine an opportunity of stating himself what are those principles which have been so long misrepresented by travellers and others ignorant of his language, who have drawn their own conclusions from external ceremonies, and have imputed to the Russians a system of faith in many respects the creature of their own imaginations ... the Preliminary Memoir will give a concise view of the present state of the ecclesiastical establishment in Russia; and particularly of the education of the clergy, a point so intimately connected with the prosperity of true religion. The Appendix contains an account of the origin and present condition of the Russian dissenters, derived from the best Russian publications, as well as from personal observation and inquiry.' (Preface.)