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. [VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].

    Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....

    [Paris, n.p.,] 1762.

    First edition, very rare: ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...

    £1750

  2. [VOLTAIRE.]

    Das Mädchen von Orleans. Ein komisches Heldengedicht in zwölf Gesängen nach Voltaire frei bearbeitet.

    Neustadt, ‘im Verlags-Comptoir’, n. d. [mid nineteenth century].

    A freely adapted German rendition of La Pucelle d’Orleans, very rare. Fromm gives the date as around 1865 (and the place of publication as Hamburg), the online Staatsbibliothek catalogue (the only copy listed by KVK) as c.1830.

    £400

  3. WAGNER, Adolph.

    Die russische Papierwährung. Eine volkwirthschaftliche und finanzpolitische Studie, nebst Vorschlägen zur Herstellung...

    Riga, N. Kymmel, 1868.

    First edition in book form: the work first appeared in the Baltische Monatschrift 1867–8; a Russian translation by Bunge, later minister of finance, was published in Kiev in 1871.

    £300

  4. 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

  5. WALFORD, L[ucy] B[ethia].

    The Mischief of Monica … in three Volumes …

    London, Longmans, Green, & Co. … 1891.

    First edition. Born in Edinburgh in 1845, Walford began writing secretly soon after her marriage, contributing stories to Blackwood’s and other periodicals. Her family voiced serious disapproval upon the publication of her first novel, Mr Smith: A Part of his Life, in 1874; it was, however,...

    £425

  6. [WALKER.] MUNROE, James Phinney.

    A Life of Francis Amasa Walker.

    New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1923.

    First edition. Francis Amasa Walker (1799–1875), son of a blacksmith, was one of the leading propounder of free-trade. ‘He devoted himself primarily to politics and education. He served in the legislature as secretary to the State of Massachusetts. His opposition to slavery was such that he co-operated...

    £90

  7. WALLON, Henri Alexandre.

    ...

    Paris, Dezobry, e. Magdeleine et c.ie, 1847.

    First edition. The introduction to Wallon’s fundamental History of slavery, published separately and included in the History from the second edition onwards.

    £350

  8. WALRAS, Léon.

    Études d’économie sociale (Théorie de la Répartition de la Richesse sociale).

    Lausanne and Paris, Rouge and Pichon & Durand-Auzias, 1936.

    This, the second, definitive edition differs from the first (1896) in containing the ‘Souvenirs du Congrès de Lausanne’. The congress on taxation in Lausanne in 1860, at which Walras read a paper, was a climacteric in his career. In the audience was Louis Ruchonnet, who later became chief of the...

    £250

  9. WALRAS, Léon.

    Théorie critique de l’impot …

    Paris, Guillaumin et Cie, 1861.

    First and only edition of Walras’ second published book on economics and an important early testimonial to his profound admiration for, and intellectual identification with, his father. In the lengthy preface, he reviews the ideas contained in the works of Auguste Walras, including the concept of ‘rarety’...

    £5750

  10. WALRAS, Marie Esprit Léon.

    Études d’économie sociale (Théorie de la répartition de la richesse sociale).

    Lausanne and Paris, F. Rouge and F. Pichon, 1896.

    First edition of one of Walras’s major contributions to his economico-social doctrine, based on lectures which he held at the University of Lausanne during the years of 1870 through 1892. ‘As far as pure theory is concerned, Walras is in my opinion the greatest of all economists’ (Schumpeter in...

    £2750

  11. WARD, Bernardo.

    Proyecto economico, en que se proponen varias providencias, dirigidas á promover los intereses de España, con...

    Madrid, Joachin Ibarra, 1779.

    First edition. Despite McCulloch’s doubts that ‘anything approaching to a good treatise on Political Economy should have been published in Spain previously to its invasion by the French under Napoleon’ (pp. 31–2), Ward’s work has been described as ‘perhaps, the best digested and most methodical...

    £1500

  12. WATSON, Robert Grant.

    A history of Persia from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the year 1858, with a review of the principal...

    London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1866.

    First edition. Watson, a British diplomat, writes to provide an account of the first half of the nineteenth century in Persia. Relying, as he notes, on both Persian and European accounts, he sketches the circumstances of the Qajar rise to rule in the eighteenth century, and the tumultuous events...

    £560

  13. WEYLAND, John.

    Observations on Mr. Whitbread’s Poor Bill, and on the Population of England: intended as a supplement to A Short...

    London, J. Hatchard, 1807.

    First edition of each work. The barrister John Weyland (1774–1854) ‘was a well-to-do man whose landed possessions were extensive enough for him to be a magistrate in three counties, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey’ (James, p. 372). In 1807, he wrote two works supporting the poor laws, entitled...

    £2800

  14. 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

  15. WHITEHEAD, Alfred North.

    On mathematical concepts of the material world [in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of...

    London, Dulau & Co, 1906.


    First edition of one of the earliest of Whitehead’s works, the first attempt to tacke the question of the nature of the material world through the symbolism of formal logic.

    £1750

  16. WICKSTEED, Charles.

    The Land for the people: how to obtain it and how to manage it. Being an attempt to draw out the lines on which...

    London, William Reeves, 1885.

    First edition. Wicksteed (1810–1885), a Unitarian minister and father of the economist Phillip Wicksteed, was ‘an erudite and thoughtful man and a popular and important preacher’ (Oxford DNB). He is described on the title of the present work as ‘President of Kettering Liberal Association’....

    £100

  17. [WILLIAMS.]

    Bankers stopping Payment.

    A country bumpkin sits on a small wooden chair, facing a bank-counter inscribed Small Stock & Co. Three elderly men stand behind it registering gloomy apprehension; one leans on the counter, his hands raised above a cheque: Small Stock & Co. please pay to my charge £50.0.0 S. Simple. He says: I am sorry...

    £575

  18. WILLIAMS, Anna.

    Miscellanies in Prose and Verse …

    London: Printed for T. Davies … 1766.

    First edition, scarce, of the blind poet Anna Williams’s Miscellanies, bound with the first edition of a volume of fifty Latin poems by Samuel Bishop.

    £3250

  19. WILLICH, Anthony Florian Madinger.

    Lectures on Diet and Regimen: being a systematic Inquiry into the most rational Means of preserving...

    London: Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees … 1799.

    Second edition, much revised and expanded, printed in the same year as the first: ‘Many important and useful articles have been added, especially in the fifth Chapter, “Of Food and Drink.”’ Willich’s very popular manual was based on a series of lecture given by the eminent physician at Bath...

    £375

  20. WINDISCH-GRAETZ, Josef Nikolaus, Count.

    Discours dans lequel on examine les deux questions suivantes: 1. Un monarque a-t-il le...

    [pp.,] 1788.

    First edition, an attractively unsophisticated copy, of an important and rare Enlightenment work on constitutional monarchy, which elicited Kant’s ‘singular enthusiasm’ (S. M. Shell, Kant and the limits of autonomy, Harvard, 2009, p. 164).

    £750