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Principles of Political Economy

considered with a view to their practical application.

Stock Code 95378

London, John Murray, 1820

Original price $3,884.00 - Original price $3,884.00
Original price $3,884.00
$3,884.00
$3,884.00 - $3,884.00
Current price $3,884.00
First edition. The book was conceived as a series of tracts rather than a comprehensive and systematic treatise, though Malthus published it to establish his own position against that of Ricardo, with whom he had been having an ongoing debate about the nature of labour, demand and profit. 'In his 'Principles of Political Economy', Malthus was proposing investment in public work and private luxury as a means of increasing effective demand and hence as a palliative to economic distress. The nation, he thought, must balance the power to produce and the will to consume' (DSB).

'The Principles had only a limited impact at the time, and was severely criticized by J. R. McCulloch and Ricardo; the latter prepared extensive critical notes. More recently it has received greater recognition, largely as a result of the comments by J. M. Keynes in the 1930s. Keynes argued that Malthus's theory of effective demand provided a scientific explanation of unemployment, and that the hundred-year domination of Ricardo over Malthus had been a disaster for the progress of economics. Keynes believed that if economics had followed Malthus instead of being constrained by Ricardo in an artificial groove, the world would be a much wiser and richer place.' (ODNB).

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.

Goldsmiths' 22767; Kress C.577.
Provenance

Provenance: Dr. G. Van Der Wal (his Ex-Libris plate on upper paste-down).

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