Title: Status Et Ritus Ecclesiae Graecae / Graece descripti a Christophoro Angelo, Graeco. Latine autem conversi a Georgio Fhelavio, Ecclesiaste Dantiscano in templo Parochiali. Cum eiusdem Annotatis, quibus & Graecorum, & Moscovitarum Religio, vita, mores, & reliqua, clarius proponuntur & dilucide explicantur.
Title in English: The Order and Customs of the Greek Church / Described in Greek by Greek Christophoro Angelo. Translated into Latin by Georgio Fhelavio, Preacher of Gdansk in the Parish Temple. With His Own Notes, Which Clearly Present and Comprehensively Explain the Religion, Life, Customs, and Other Matters of Both Greeks and Muscovites.
Francofurti: sumptibus Joannis Beyeri, 1655.
Format: 24 leaves, 195 pages.
Binding: original edition, contemporary binding with marbled paper, restored by Depping bookbinder Munich.
Ex libris: with an Exlibris by Sapieha on the endpapers and a handwritten donation mark.
Extremely rare and early description of the Greek and Moscovian Orthodox Church Religion. No copy at German auctions within the last 50 years.
Reference: VD17 3:610274L (registration number of the German books printed in the 17th century).
The Order and Customs of the Greek Church is a work on the early orthodox churches of Greece and Russia by the Greek monk Christopher Angel (1575–1638) from Jan Fryderyk Sapieha’s library in Kodeń. The book is decorated with the heraldic ex libris of Jan Sapieha’s library.
Reference: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 472.
Published: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 472-473.