The Great Quarto, virtually a new book

MALTHUS, Thomas Robert (1766-1834)
An essay on the principle of population; or, a view of its past and present effects on human happiness; with an inquiry into our prospects respecting the future removal or mitigation of the evil which it occasions. A new edition, very much enlarged.
London, printed for J.Johnson 1803.
4to. VIII,[4],610p. Contemp. calf, rebacked to style, boards rubbed but neatly reconsolidated. Stamp on title, occasional foxing, mostly limited to the first and a few other quires, two pages with a marginal tear. A good copy.
€ 3000

Second edition, the so-called ‘great quarto'. This edition was thoroughly and drastically revised and was practically a new book. The first edition of 1798 was an octavo volume counting 400 page only; it was published anonymously.