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The Oeconomy of Human Life. Translated from an Indian Manuscript, Written by an Ancient Bramin.

Engraved by William Nelson Gardiner (Irish, worked in England, 1766–1814), Engraved by R. Clamp (English, 18th century), Engraved by A. Birrell (English, 18th century), After Sylvester Harding (English, 1745–1809), Author Robert Dodsley (English, 1703–1764), Printer Thomas Rickaby (English, died in 1802), Publisher Edward Harding (English, 1755–1840)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 786-87; ESTC (RLIN): T082506


Overall: 18 x 11.4 x 1.8 cm (7 1/16 x 4 1/2 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 49 stipple engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: T. Rickaby, for S. and E. Harding, 1795) Duodecimo; 72 leaves; modern gilt-stamped brown calf (J. MacDonald, New York).

Decorative and moralistic vignettes

London: T. Rickaby, for S. and E. Harding, 1795


J.[?] Ridge [inscription on half-title]; "A present from Mrs. Cockburn--Feby. 2nd--1796" [inscr. on preliminary leaf]; acquired in 1906 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent