TORRENS, Robert.

Colonization of South Australia.

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1835 Stock Code: 135996
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"An ideal solution to the Malthusian overpopulation problem"

First edition. Robert Torrens (1780-1864), an Irish-born political economist, Member of Parliament, and newspaper publisher, played a prominent role in the colonization of South Australia.

"Torrens had a significant influence on the theory and practice of colonization. Along with most of the later classical economists he rejected the Smithian view that colonies were of no economic benefit to the colonial power. Much of the later classical case for colonies was based on the view that colonies would provide profitable investment outlets to offset a declining rate of profit at home. Torrens used this argument in some of his later writings but his main argument was that colonies were an ideal solution to the Malthusian overpopulation problem. In this view he was undoubtedly influenced by his interpretation of the causes of Irish poverty a country incidentally where Torrens was born and in general its problems had a profound effect on his thinking He also advocated systematic colonization with the price of land set sufficiently high that large units of capital would have to be amassed before the immigrant labourers became independent farmers" (The New Palgrave IV, 660).

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Octavo. Original drab boards and printed paper spine label, untrimmed. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell box.


Colour frontispiece map.


Complete with half-title and 16 pp. publisher's catalogue at front. With the ink ownership signature of Erasmus Galton (brother of Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin) on front pastedown. Spine rubbed and chipped to headcap, creasing and chipping to label with minor paper loss, light spotting to covers, some offsetting on title page, light foxing at front and back; a very good copy


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