EVERETT, Alexander Hill.

Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,

avec des remarques sur les théories de Malthus et de Godwin. Ouvrage traduit sur l'édition anglaise publiée à Boston, en 1823, avec une nouvelle préface de l'auteur; par C. J. Ferry.

Paris: Jules Renouard, Sautelet, 1826 Stock Code: 113397
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First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted by the author with the delivery. Alexander Hill Everett (1792-1847) was an American diplomat, who served in Europe as chargé d'affaires to The Hague from 1818 to 1824, then minister to Spain from 1825 to 1829. It is know that he visited Sweden at least once, in the summer of 1811. His New Ideas on Population was first published in Boston in 1823 and reprinted at London the same year. A second Boston edition appeared the same year as the first French translation (and the sixth edition of Malthus's Essay). Schumpeter notes that Everett "was perfectly right to call his book New Ideas on Population (1823). For his main point, viz., that increase in population means increased production of food and is likely to induce improvements in the methods of its production, was new in his day, much more so at any rate than anything Malthus ever said. It introduced one of the two relations that are lacking in Malthus between the increase of population and the increase of subsistence, and in general presented, quite independently of the specifically American elements of its argument, a useful approach to the population problem as a whole" (History of Economic Analysis, Routledge 1994, p. 553).

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Octavo. Original paper wrappers printed in black.


Small Swedish library stamp and de-accession mark to head of front wrapper. Presentation inscription to the half-title (see below).


Spine partly split at head, faint spotting to endpapers; an excellent copy.


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