London: M. Cooper, (1750), 1751. Full Leather. Very Good binding. Item #5437
Octavo. xxxii, 111, [1 (blank)] pp., frontis. First edition. Printed in November 1750, the title page is dated 1751. Catchword on p. iii (A2) is incorrectly printed, "won" suggesting this variant is earlier than the correctly printed "now" variant, but there is no established priority. Contemporary calf boards and 20th century calf reback with tasteful title label. Covers are rubbed at the extremities and the rear board doesn’t sit in the joint as deeply as the front board after the reback.
Purportedly translated from a Indian manuscript the book of moral aphorisms was written by the bookseller and writer, Robert Dodsley and was unbelievably successful. It was quickly translated into several languages and became the most printed work of the 18th century. First editions remain quite uncommon. DNB; ESTC T82493; Gulick, A Chesterfield Bibliography to 1800 (1979), p. 209.