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Of Population.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown,, 1820. An Enquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, being an answer to Mr. Malthus's essay on that subject. Octavo. Original cloth backed boards, printed paper spine label, preserved in a custom made chemise and slipcase. Complete with the half-title. Corners somewhat worn, short crack at head of front joint, boards a little marked, spine paper label rubbed; light spotting throughout; a very good copy. First edition, scarce in the original boards. Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) was originally framed as a corrective to the utopian hopes of both Condorcet and Godwin, but by the time the Essay reached its fifth edition in 1817 Godwin was no longer mentioned and in danger of being forgotten. Godwin's long-meditated answer points to restrictions in the food supply arising from the accumulation of property in the hands of a few. Among other remedies, Godwin proposes to make more land available for cultivation and to improve agricultural methods.
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