[TRAPAUD, Elisha]. ~ The Oeconomy of Happiness. A Poem. By E. T. London: Printed in the Year 1772.
4to (249 × 205 mm), pp. , 20; first and last pages dust-soiled, small stain to title; disbound.
Scarce first edition of the author’s first work, dedicated to Sir Charles Cocks. ‘This poem is written in blank verse. From its nature it is not descriptive, but contains many just and laudable sentiments respecting the attainment of happiness, which the author places in the enjoyment of the innocent gratifications of life, and the exercise of the moral virtues’ (Critical Review). Trapaud went on to become a captain in the Madras Corps of Engineers, publishing A Short Account of the Prince of Wales’s Island, or Pulo Peenang, in the East-Indies (1788). Jackson, p. 15; ESTC locates 9 copies: BL (2 copies), Bodley, Huntington, Princeton, Trinity College CT, Chicago, Illinois, Texas.