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GODWIN, William (1756--1836)
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. By William Godwin.
London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1820.
[2], xvi, [1], 18--22, 626 p.: letterpress tables ; 22.9 cm. (8º)

Half-title reads 'Enquiry Concerning Population'. William Godwin was a philosopher and novelist, the husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley. In the first edition of his Essay on the principle of population (1798; 3rd ed. 1806, q.v.), Malthus had qualified Godwin's idealistic belief in the perfectibility of mankind on the grounds that the tendency of population to outstrip the available food supply led to checks on the former in the shape of misery and vice.

Copy Notes Inscribed on the title-page in ink From the Author. Untrimmed edges.

Binding Original C19th grey paper boards, printed paper spine-label reading 'Godwin On Population. 18s.'.

Reference Number 205


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