The Economy of Human Life: translated from an Indian manuscript, written by an Ancient Bramin; with an Account of the Manner in which the said Manuscript was discovered, in a letter from and English Gentleman, residing in China, to the Earl of Chesterfield. In two parts.

  • [Dodsley, Robert]
  • London: Printed for William Lane at the Minerva Press 1795
  • ESTC T82545.


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24mo, pp. 199, [1, ads] + engraved frontispiece. Contemporary sheep, spine ruled in gilt. A touch of light spotting. Binding worn in places with chips to spine and boards. Ownership inscription of George Hawkins to front flyleaf, dated 1808, with his initials in ink to the front board.


The second printing of the Minerva Press edition of the bookseller and writer Robert Dodsley's orientalist 18th-century bestseller, which was first published thus in 1793 and saw two more printings before the close of the century. All four editions are scarce, and ESTC cites only half a dozen copies of this second edition, all but one in North American institutions.

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