MALTHUS, Thomas Robert.

Definitions in Political Economy,

Preceded by an inquiry into the rules which ought to guide political economists in the definition and use of their terms; with remarks on the deviation from these rules in their writings.

London: John Murray, 1827 Stock Code: 127338
£3,750.00

"One of the earliest works on the methodology of economics"

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First edition of "a valiant attempt to resolve differences of opinion in political economy by codifying its terminology and establishing rules for the definition of terms. It could be regarded as one of the earliest works on the methodology of economics" (ODNB). Malthus devotes separate chapters to, among others, the French economists, Adam Smith, Say, Ricardo, James Mill, McCulloch, and Samuel Bailey (although the latter's name was not known to him). The work is bound with an offprint of J. R. McCulloch's hostile review of the work, from the Scotsman, 10 March 1827, in which McCulloch questions Malthus's qualifications for the office of "Dictator in the Economical Republic".

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Description

Octavo (184 x 101 mm). Mid-19th-century calf, triple black morocco labels to spine, the third with shelfmark, single gilt fillet to covers, marbled endpapers and sides.

Condition

Treasury library bookplate to pastedown, manuscript contents page to binder's blank with short tear. Bound without the half-title. Lightly scuffed, joints cracking at foot, small nick to binder's blank and title page, internally clean; still a very good copy.

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