Human Sciences

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Human Sciences at Quaritch embraces a wide range of books and manuscripts documenting the history of ideas from the earliest times up to about 1960. Our strengths are in the history of economic thought and in philosophy, but we also deal in law; finance and banking (including speculation, actuarial science and insurance); politics and political theory; sociology; psychology; agriculture; education; logic; and the theory of language.

Some notable items which have recently passed through our hands include the only known copy of the Communist Manifesto inscribed by Karl Marx, Rudolf Carnap’s annotated copy of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (Logisch-philosophische Abhandlung), Joseph Penso de la Vega’s Confusion de Confusiones (1688, the first book to describe the practice of a stock-exchange) and a copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (4th edition, 1786), inscribed in Smith's own hand to Bonnie Prince Charlie's private secretary.

As well as dealing in individual books and manuscripts, we also offer collections. In recent years we have sold author collections of Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, Thorstein Veblen, Emile Durkheim and Jeremy Bentham. Among subject collections we have offered are the Herwood Library of accounting literature (including Pacioli's Summa de Arithmetica, 1494, the first printed exposition of double-entry book-keeping); the philosophy of language; texts pertaining to the theory and study of language in the West, and the history of probability - the calculus of probabilities, statistics and their applications.

  1. WHEELER, John.

    A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...

    Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer:

    £33000

  2. [BARBON, Nicholas].

    A discourse of trade. By N. B, M. D.

    London, Thomas Milbourn for the author, 1690.

    First edition of the author’s major work, in which Barbon foreshadows the ‘real’ analysis of saving, investment and interest of the Classical economists. ‘There is no bridge between Locke and the monetary interest theories of today. Instead, there was a new departure, which was to be so successful...

    £32500

  3. SMITH, Adam.

    Investigacion de la Naturaleza y Causas de la Riqueza de las Naciones.

    Valladolid, ‘En la Oficina de la Viuda é Hijos de Santander, 1794.

    First edition in Spanish. Despite the defects mentioned above a very good unsophisticated copy of the first edition in Spanish of The Wealth of Nations. It was translated by Josef Alfonso Ortiz from the fifth edition of 1789 (although curiously Ortiz cites the as-yet-unpublished 1796 eighth edition),...

    £22500

  4. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions by andreae, including his famous christian utopia.

    £12500

  5. CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of.

    The History of the Rebellion and civil Wars in Ireland, with the true State and Condition of that...

    London: Printed by H. P. for J. Wilford … and T. Jauncy … 1720.

    First edition, a large paper copy in a presentation binding, from the family library of the Dukes of Ormond, the source of the manuscript from which it was published.

    £12500

  6. (a). GOULET, Robert.

    Compendium recenter editum de multiplici Parisiensis Universitatis magnificentia, dignitate, et excellentia,...

    Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.

    First edition of the first account of the University of Paris, ‘probably the earliest monograph on any university’ – E. P. Goldschmidt.

    £12500

  7. BUQUOY, Georg Franz August de Longueval, Freiherr von Vaux, Graf von.

    Die Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft nach einem neuen Plane...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1815.

    First edition of all four parts of this very rare early work of mathematical economics. In a letter to Léon Walras of 28 June 1883, Carl Menger, after thanking Walras for sending him a copy of Théorie mathématique de la richesse sociale, encloses a select list of his own making of seven key mathematical-economic...

    £12500

  8. SMITH, Adam.

    Undersøgelse om National-Verstands Natur og Aarsag … Af det Engelske oversat og med nogle Anmærkninger oplyst...

    Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1779–80.

    First edition in Danish of the Wealth of Nations, published together with a translation of Thomas Pownall’s critical Letter … to Adam Smith (1776). The translation was prepared from the 1776 first edition by Frants Draebye. Smith acknowledged it in two letters of 1780, the first to Andreas Holt,...

    £11500

  9. SMITH, Adam.

    Untersuchung der Natur und Ursachen von Nationalreichthümern. Aus dem Englischen …

    Leipzig, Weidmann’s heirs and Reich, 1776–1778.

    First edition in German, the rare first issue, and the first translation into any language, of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This landmark translation, by Johann Friedrich Schiller, cousin of the famous poet, and Christian August Wichmann, was reissued in 1792 with...

    £10000

  10. [SPINOZA, Benedict de].

    Opera posthuma, quorum Series post Praefationem exhibetur.

    [Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz,] 1677.

    First appearance of Spinoza’s Ethic, his philosophical masterpiece, and first edition of the Opera posthuma, which ‘have served, then and since, with the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, to immortalize his name’ (PMM 153).

    £10000

  11. [VERRI, Pietro.]

    Il Caffè ossia brevi e varii discorsi già distribuiti in fogli periodici.

    Brescia, Giammaria Rizzardi, 1765-1766.

    First edition of this important Italian periodical. ‘Questo interessantissimo giornale letterario publicato sul modello dello Spettatore Inglese è compreso in quattro semestri, ed incominciossi a stampare nel maggio del 1764’ (Melzi). The society was founded by Pietro Verri to stimulate and encourage...

    £8500

  12. [ORTES, Giammaria.]

    Errori popolari intorno all’ economia nazionale, considerati sulle presenti controversie fra i laici e i...

    [No place, no printer,] 1771.

    Very rare first edition of Ortes’ first work, written in defence of the clergy. ‘A Venetian monk, Ortes left his cloister on the entreaties of his mother after his father’s death, but remained in holy orders and was ever a strenuous defender of the clergy ... Ortes is undoubtedly the most eminent...

    £8000

  13. POMPONAZZI, Pietro.

    Opera.

    [Basel, Henricus Petri, 1567].

    Rare first edition of Pomponazzi’s essay On fate, free will, and predestination (De fato… libri V), published posthumously in this collective edition prepared by his pupil Gulielmus Gratarol. Gratarol’s editions of Pomponazzi’s writings were instrumental in divulging the thought of one of the...

    £7500

  14. SAVARY, Jean.

    La theorie et la pratique des nombres. Methodiquement proposes dans l’usage des financiers.

    Paris, [Jean Bessin] for the author, 1644.

    First edition. A rare practical mercantile arithmetic handbook for financiers and tax farmers. The work, beginning with the mathematical ‘alphabet’ of 10 numbers, covers basic arithmetic, as well as more complicated quadratic roots, rules, discounts, change and exchange, all illustrated with numerous...

    £7500

  15. [ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY]. NATHANAEL, Abbot, compiler.

    Kniga o vere edinoi istinnoi pravoslavnoi [Book of the one true Orthodox...

    Moscow, Stefan Boniface, 1648.

    First edition, very rare, of a book of Orthodox liturgy and theology. Beginning with prayers, this is a compilation of writings on all aspects of the Orthodox tradition, including a variety of polemical treatises against heretics, Catholics, and traitors to the Orthodox faith, some of which has been...

    £7500

  16. CAMPANELLA, Tommaso.

    A discourse touching the Spanish monarchy. Wherein we have a political glasse representing each particular...

    London, printed for Philemon Stephens in Paul’s Church-Yard, 1654.

    First edition in English. The translator’s preface to the reader is unsigned, but the translation is usually attributed to Edward Chilmead (see Oxford DNB). He explains that he could not discover in which language the Discourse was originally written in, but that the recent [1653] Latin edition published...

    £7500

  17. THELOALL, Simon.

    Le digest des briefes originals, et des choses concernants eux.

    London, Richard Tottell, 1579.

    First edition, scarce, of Theloall’s early work on writs, a remarkable copy, intensively annotated by a single contemporary owner evidently versed in the Common Law.

    £7000

  18. LE TROSNE, Guillaume-François.

    La Liberté du Commerce des Grains toujours utile & jamais nuisible …

    Paris, 1765.

    An important and interesting assemblage of scarce pamphlets on corn, including Le Trosne’s defence of free trade, described by Schumpeter as a ‘meritorious performance’ (p. 225) and Baudeau’s Lettres (see item 13), first published in the Ephémérides du Citoyen of February 1767.

    £6500

  19. WAGNER, Martin.

    Idea mercaturae. Darinnen was von der Kauff-Leute Commercien, Credit und Glauben, Fallimenten oder Banckrotten,...

    [Bremen, Erhardt Berger, 1661].

    First edition, very rare, of the first dictionary solely related to business.

    £6250

  20. BERRYAT, Jean, et al., editors.

    Receuil de Mémoires, ou Collection de Pièces Académiques, concernant la Médicine, l’Anatomie...

    Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and Liège, F. Desventes, F. Fournier, et al., 1754-86.

    The scarce first collected edition of these scientific papers from all over Europe (lacking only the last five volumes of the Partie Française), including among its contributors such famous names as Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Hevelius, De La Hire, Mariotte, Réaumur, La Condamine, Haller, Maupertuis, Boyle,...

    £6000