Torino: Ermanno Loescher, 1893.. 1893.. Good. - Small quarto [9-5/8 inches high by 6-3/4 inches wide], rebound [without original wraps] in dark green cloth titled in gilt with decorations in gilt on the spine. The covers are slightly warped & the binding is bumped & rubbed, affecting the titling. The head of the spine is chipped & frayed. 167 pages plus errata/corrigenda page. The pastedowns & endpapers are darkened & there is scattered foxing & light staining. Good.
First edition. The text is in Italian.
The book is inscribed by the author but the inscription & signature have been partially cut off in rebinding.
"This interesting work proposes to examine by the light of scientific criticism the theory of Malthus and the principal objections that have been brought against it. The author turns his attention, first, to pointing out the irrefutability of the biological tendency as Malthus has shown it, and the necessity which devolves upon political economy to recognize it as a fundamental law. Lebrecht does not ignore the objections raised by various writers against this tendency; on the contrary he estimates them with praiseworthy impartiality; yet after careful examination he believes that they are not destructive of the theory....He does not deny that the coefficient of procreation is essentially economic and that poverty is one of its potent factors; yet he affirms that the prolific action of poverty can be remedied by moral influences.... [From a review of the book by Achille Loria and Cornelia H. B. Rogers in "Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 4, May 1894, p. 134].
Rare. First Edition.