Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), cleric and political economist, became one of the most influential and controversial of all English philosophers. An opponent of the Poor Laws and a supporter of the Corn Laws, he is today best known for An essay on the principle of population (1798). Amongst his other writings is Principles of Political philosophy (1820).
Third edition, 2 vols, 8vo, xvi, 501, ; vii, 559 pp., contemporary tree calf gilt, red morocco labels, some pale foxing, an excellent set.£3,750
MALTHUS, Thomas; HEGEWISCH, Dr F.H. (translator).Versuch über die Bedingung und die Folgen der Volksvermehrung.
First German edition, 2 vols, 8vo (20 x 12.5 cm). pp. xvi, 368; pp. vii, 358; very slight spotting to vol. 1. Contemporary half-brown leather binding; flat spine, gilt bands separating compartments, compartments 1, 3, 5 and 6 contain gilt floral decoration, compartments 2 and 4 contain gilt lettering including translator's name and title, gilt library stamp to both upper boards, library stamps to verso of both upper boards and title pages, pencil markings to verso of upper boards and endpapers; rubbed, water or possibly glue marks to verso of upper boards and endpapers.£2,000
First edition; 8vo; small ownership stamp to lower outside corner of title-page, small, early 20th century bookseller's label to lower outside corner of verso of upper free endpaper, a little age-toning and small ink smudge to title, otherwise near-fine, nineteenth century half calf over marbled boards, rubbed at extremities, spine faded, a very good copy; vi, 601 pp.£3,000
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