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An essay on the principle of population an essay on the principle of population as it affects the future improvement of society with remarks on the speculations of mr godwin m condorcet and other writers thomas malthus london printed for j johnson in st pauls church yard 1798. An essay on the principle of population malthus t r on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an essay on the principle of population. The book an essay on the principle of population was first published anonymously in 1798 but the author was soon identified as thomas robert malthusthe book warned of future difficulties on an interpretation of the population increasing at a geometrical ratio so as to double every 25 years while an increase in food production was limited to an arithmetic ratio which would leave a . There are two versions of thomas robert malthuss essay on the principle of population the first published anonymously in 1798 was so successful that malthus soon elaborated on it under his real name the rewrite culminating in the sixth edition of 1826 was a scholarly expansion and generalization of the firstfollowing his success with . His an essay on the principle of population observed that sooner or later population will be checked by famine and disease leading to what is known as a malthusian catastrophe he wrote in opposition to the popular vi the rev thomas robert malthus frs was an english cleric and scholar influential in the fields of political economy and demography