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GRAY, Simon.
Remarks on the Production of Wealth,
London: [no publisher stated],, 1820. Octavo (212 x 136 mm). Recent quarter calf, black calf label, marbled sides.Cork Library stamps, cropped on title page. Some toning to pages, yet still a very good copy. First edition, extracted from The Pamphleteer, volume XVII, no XXXIV. In 1815 Simon Gray had published his treatise on population, The Happiness of States, as an open rejection of many of Malthus's principles. Previously Malthus's theories has been broadly accepted without major opposition, but Gray's attack was rapidly followed by other critiques, most notably John Weyland and Kenneth Grahame's. The present essay was a lengthy refutation of the principles Malthus had outlined in his chapter "Observations on Productive and Unproductive Labor" in The Principles of Political Economy; Gray countered that all classes of society were economically productive. Uncommon, with Library Hub listing only six copies in British institutions. Goldsmiths' 22753; Kress C538; Sraffa 2113. [Attributes: First Edition]
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