7 December 2015
MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. An Enquiry into the Nature and Progress of Rent, London: John Murray, 1815.
8° (221 x 146 mm). 8-page advertisements at end dated February 1815. Stabbed-and-sewn, uncut, as issued; quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, the issue with Murray alone (and not with J. Johnson) as publishers. “At the end of 1805 [Malthus] became professor of history and political economy at the newly founded college of Haileybury [East India College, Hertfordshire]. He … gave lectures on political economy … The lectures led him to consider the problem of rent. The theory at which he arrived is partly indicated in two pamphlets upon the corn laws … and is fully given in the tract upon the ‘Nature and Progress of Rent’” (DNB). Black 2877; Goldsmith 21130; Kress B6537. A SUPERB, UNSOPHISTICATED COPY IN ORIGINAL CONDITION.
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