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GRAY, Simon.

Remarks on the Production of Wealth,

and the influence, which the various classes of society have, in carrying on that process: in a letter to the Rev. T. R. Malthus, occasioned by his attempt to maintain the division of classes into productive and unproductive.

London, [no publisher stated], 1820 Stock Code: 140851
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First edition, extracted from The Pamphleteer, volume XVII, no XXXIV. In 1815 Simon Gray had published his treatise on population, The Happiness of States, as an open rejection of many of Malthus's principles. Previously Malthus's theories has been broadly accepted without major opposition, but Gray's attack was rapidly followed by other critiques, most notably John Weyland and Kenneth Grahame's. The present essay was a lengthy refutation of the principles Malthus had outlined in his chapter "Observations on Productive and Unproductive Labor" in The Principles of Political Economy; Gray countered that all classes of society were economically productive. Uncommon, with LibraryHub listing only six copies in British institutions.

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Description

Octavo (212 x 134 mm). Recent marbled boards, paper spine label.

Condition

Lightly toned with scattered foxing, tiny chip at foot of final few leaves; a very good copy, binding fine.

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