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. A New Edition, very much Enlarged. Thomas Robert MALTHUS.

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. A New Edition, very much Enlarged.

viii, [4], 610 pp. Large 4to, modern calf, spine lettered in gilt. London: J. Johnson, 1803.

Second edition, “very much enlarged.” This edition, known as the “Great Quarto,” is substantially a new book in which Malthus defended his views against a host of critics. “The central idea of the essay — and the hub of Malthusian theory — was a simple one. The population of a community, Malthus, suggested, increases geometrically, while food supplies increased only arithmetically. If the natural increase in population occurs, the food supply becomes insufficient and the size of the population is checked by ‘misery’ — that is, the poorest sections of the community suffer disease and famine…The Essay was highly influential in the progress of thought in early nineteenth-century Europe.”–Printing & the Mind of Man 251–(1st ed. of 1798, which is a great rarity today).

Fine copy.

❧ Garrison-Morton 1693–(1st ed.)–“His work was an important influence on both Darwin and Wallace in their formulation of the concept of natural selection. It also had a profound influence on the decrease in size of families down to the present time.”.

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