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MALTHUS, Thomas Robert.

The Travel Diaries.

Edited by Patricia James.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966 Stock Code: 125297
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Published here for the first time

First edition, first impression. "In the first edition of his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), Malthus confined himself to theory. Subsequently, in 1799, Malthus traveled to Scandinavia in search of the necessary empirical evidence to support his theory. His journey took him from Hamburg in the south to Trondheim in the north, and included parts of Sweden as well. During this trip, from May through August, Malthus kept a diary, and it constitutes the major portion of this work. Not surprisingly, the evidence for which Malthus was looking was found and incorporated into the later editions of his Essay. A diary often contains a considerable amount of trivia, and this is no exception, but it further contains the observations of an acute observer of economic life, and, as such, is of interest to a far wider range of readers than just those concerned with the history of economic doctrine" (Coolidge, p. 962). Lost until its rediscovery in 1961, the diary is here published for the first time.

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Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge blue. With the dust jacket.


Frontispiece, 6 plates, folding genealogical table.


Foot of spine lightly creased, otherwise a near-fine copy in the price-clipped jacket, head of spine panel lightly rubbed.


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