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HOWLETT, John.

An Examination of Dr. Price's Essay on the Population of England and Wales;

and the doctrine of an increased population in this kingdom, established by facts. To which is added an appendix. Containing Remarks on Dr. Price's Argument of a decreased Population deduced from the decreased Produce of the hereditary and temporary Excise.

Maidstone: Printed for the author by J. Blake: and sold by T. Payne and Son, 1781 Stock Code: 125327
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First edition. The statistician and economist John Howlett (1731-1804) published the present work in response to the demographer Richard Price's essay of 1780, which claimed that the population of England and Wales was in decline. Howlett instead argued, correctly, that the population was in fact increasing, and at a quickening pace. He calculated that the population had doubled since 1688, and that this was to the benefit of the rural poor. Howlett would go on to be a fierce defender of the economic benefits of enclosures, castigating its opponents as motivated by irrational sentiments.

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Octavo. Old blue wrappers to style, red speckled edges.

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Contemporary ownership signature to title page. Residue of former label to front cover, a few instances of mild foxing or creasing, else a very good copy.

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