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[DODSLEY, Robert]. The oeconomy of human life. Translated from an Indian manuscript, written by an ancient bramin...

London. Printed by T. Rickaby, for S. and E. Harding, 1795.
8vo. 119pp, [1]. With numerous engraved illustrations in the text and three final pages of publisher's advertisements. Bound by C. Hering of London in contemporary gilt-tooled black straight-grain morocco, A.E.G. Lightly rubbed and bumped. Marbled endpapers, binder's ticket and later inked ownership inscription of Julia Ann Shepheard to verso of FFEP,
A compilation of moral aphorisms, first printed in 1750, purporting to be the output of an 'ancient Bramin' though in actuality penned by bookseller Robert Dodsley (1704-1764). The work proved exceedingly popular, with translations done into five languages, becoming the most frequently printed work of the entire eighteenth-century.

The binder of the present copy, German-born Charles Hering (d. 1809), was called 'the artistic successor to Roger Payne, the doyen of English bookbinders'. His remarkably successful West End business was patronised by many leading collectors and catered to a wealthy clientele, including Lord Byron.
ESTC N42015.
£ 125.00 Antiquates Ref: 17007