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An essay on the principle of population. 2nd ed
London: J. Johnson, 1803. London: J. Johnson, 1803.

The "Struggle for Existence" Malthus, Thomas (1766-1834). An essay on the principle of population; or a view of its past and present effects on human happiness . . . 4to. viii, [4], 610pp. London: T. Bensley for J. Johnson, 1803. 285 x 225 mm. (uncut). Original boards, rebacked, endpapers renewed, one corner restored. Tape repair to last leaf, minor foxing, but a very good copy, preserved in a cloth case.

Second edition, extensively revised and four times larger than the original edition of 1798. The 1803 edition was the first to have Malthus's name on the title, and the first to contain numerical data supporting his claim that populations increase by geometrical proportion but food supplies only increase arithmetically. "Malthus was one of the founders of modern economics. His Essay was originally the product of a discussion on the perfectibility of society with his father . . . Thus the first edition (published anonymously) 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 Essay was highly influential in the progress of though in early nineteenth century Europe [and] his influence on social policy was considerable . . . Both Darwin and Wallace clearly acknowledged Malthus as a source of the idea of the 'struggle for existence'" (Printing and the Mind of Man 251). Garrison-Morton 1693. Kress B4701.


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