Oeconomy of Human Life
[Robert Dodsley]. The Oeconomy of Human Life. Translated from an Indian Manuscript, written by an ancient Bramin... London: M. Cooper, 1751 [really November 1750]. First edition, variant with corrected catchword on leaf A2 (page iii), "now." Octavo (6.375 x 3.75 inches; 163 x 95 mm.). xxxii, 111, [1, blank] pages. Engraved frontispiece, extra illustrated with twelve portraits of saints and three additional engraved plates, all affixed to blank pages in the text. Contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, second compartment ruled and lettered in gilt; boards ruled in gilt; all edges of the text block trimmed with old manuscript writing on the top and bottom edge; plain endpapers. Rear board detached but present, front joint a little worn but holding firm; corners worn and bumped; boards gently rubbed; spine ends worn; backstrip slightly crazed. Text somewhat soiled throughout; page edges slightly cockled with some spotty discoloration; endpapers worn, discolored and with several notes in pencil; old manuscript book label affixed to the front pastedown, another old label removed with some adhesive residue. Good. "The Oeconomy of Human Life purports to be an English translation of an ancient Indian text found by a Chinese scholar in Lhasa. Almost certainly written by Robert Dodsley (1704–1764), the book became an eighteenth-century bestseller." (John Bray, The Oeconomy of Human Life: An ‘Ancient Bramin’ In Eighteenth-Century Tibet (Abstract). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 19(4), 439-458). ESTC T82493 ("In fact by Robert Dodsley, but sometimes attributed to P. D. Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield. Published November 1750 (Gulick)"); NCBEL Volume II, p. 788. (#10321).