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An Essay on the Principle of Population;
London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Johnson, 1803. London: Printed by T. Bensley for J. Johnson,, 1803. Or, a View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; Quarto. Recent half calf and marbled boards, red morocco label. Small crease to title page, occasional light spotting, more severe in places. A very good copy. The Great Quarto edition, notionally the second edition of the Essay on Population published in 1798, but so substantially enlarged, rewritten and re-titled as to be a new book. The most significant change in Malthus's writing was the softening of his harsh conclusion in the first Essay that all checks to population must involve either misery or vice. The Great Quarto Essay proposes that prudential restraint should, if humanly possible, be "moral restraint" ? that is, delayed marriage accompanied by strictly moral pre-marital behaviour (although Malthus admitted that moral restraint would not be easy and that there would be occasional failures). Bound at the end of this copy is the Reply to the chief objections which have been urged against the Essay on the Principle of Population. Published in an appendix to the third edition. London: for J. Johnson, by T. Bensley, 1806.
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