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MALTHUS, Rev. Thomas Robert (1766-1834)
An Essay on the Principle of Population Or, A view of its past and present effects on human happiness; With an inquiry into our prospects respecting the future removal or mitigation of the evils which it occasions
London: John Murray, 1826. [Economics and Demography] FINELY BOUND SIXTH EDITION. Two volumes. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.[2] xviii; 535 [3]; pp.[2] iv; 528 [2]. Slightly later tan half calf, with gilt titles to red labels and further gilt decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. All edges and endpapers marbled. Crisp and clean internally, with little toning to blanks. Quite heavy wear to bindings, with repairs to pulled head-caps and extensive recolouring to joints and corners. Very good. The classic text proposing a limit to global human population, first published in 1798. "Malthus was one of the founders of modern economics. His Essay was originally the product of a discussion with his father on the perfectibility of society. Malthus senior was a supporter of the utopian views of Godwin and others, but recognised the force of his son's refutation of these views, and urged him to publish. Thus, the first edition was essentially a fighting tract, but later editions were considerably altered and grew bulkier as Malthus defended his views against a host of critics. The Malthusian theory of population came at the right time to harden the existing feeling against the Poor Laws and Malthus was a leading spirit behind the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834." Printing and the Mind of Man 251.
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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