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7 June 2010
GODWIN, William (1756-1836). Of Population. An Enquiry Concerning the Power of Increase in the Number of Mankind, being an answer to Mr. Malthus's essay on that subject. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1820. 8° (212 x 130mm). Half-title. (Some spotting). Contemporary half calf (boards detached, spine and corners worn). Provenance: John Hepburn (presentation inscription, partially cropped by the binder's knife).
FIRST EDITION, A RARE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED: 'From the author. A testimony of regards to Mr. John Hepburn'. ABPC apparently records no inscribed copy at auction in over 35 years. Of Population responds to Malthus's theory, which Godwin described as 'an accursed apology in favour of vice and misery, of hard-heartedness and oppression', although there had been a time when he admired Malthus's work and declared himself flattered by his attentions. Goldsmiths' 22818; Kress C535; Sabin 27676.
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