Veterum Persarum et Parthorum et Medorum Religionis Historia.
Oxford Clarendon Press 1760
Second edition 4to, pp., 580, 20 (of 21) plates, 4 folding. A very good copy bound in recent half calf, cloth boards. Small hole through first four leaves, not affecting text. Title page lightly soiled. Marginal damp stain to pages 470 ff. Ownership signature. Otherwise a very clean copy. Lacking plate 1, and the normally folding plates 2 & 3 cut and separately bound.
Thomas Hyde, an Oxford Orientalist and divine, was the first westerner to make a serious study of the Zoroastrian religion. He researched in Greek, Latin and Arabic sources, and made use of the few Zoroastrian texts he could get hold of. Although later scholars have criticised this work it was an admirable pioneering effort, and virtually the only book on old Iranian religions available in the eighteenth century. The first edition was published in 1700. The two appendices to this second edition are: Magorum Liber Sad-der, Zoroastris Praecepta et Canones Continens: In usum Ecclesiae Magorum & Fidelium eorum omnium, and, Historiae Religionis Veterum Persarum Appendix, Continens Aliquot Tractatiunculas seu Dissertationes, in quibus paulo uberius tranctatur Pauca quaedam, tantum leviter tacta in superiore Opere. LACKING ONE PLATE.