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GODWIN, William.

Of Population.

An Enquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind, being an answer to Mr. Malthus's essay on that subject.

for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London , 1820 Stock Code: 108241
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Notes

First edition. Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) was originally framed as a corrective to the utopian hopes of both Condorcet and Godwin, but by the time the Essay reached its fifth edition in 1817 Godwin was no longer mentioned and in danger of being forgotten. Godwin's long-meditated answer points to restrictions in the food supply arising from the accumulation of property in the hands of a few. Among other remedies, Godwin proposes to make more land available for cultivation and to improve agricultural methods.

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Description

Octavo (217 x 130 mm). Recent full calf to style, smooth spine ruled in gilt, red morocco label lettered in gilt, two-line border to covers in blind.

Illustrations

With the half-title (often discarded by Regency binders).

Condition

Royal Institution of South Wales ink-stamp to title-page verso and p. 626 (final page), and of University College Swansea to p. 101, none affecting text, faint transverse crease to earlier leaves, upper outer corner f. S6 untrimmed and folded over (binding-shop oversight), pencil annotation to p. 359, very pale marginal tidemark from p. 511 to end, besides the occasional minor marginal spot. A very good copy.

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