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. [ENGLAND].

    Report from the select committee of the House of Commons on petitions relating to the corn laws of this kingdom: together...

    London, James Ridgeway, 1814.

    First edition of the sixteen-page Commons report collected together with the minutes of evidence from more than thirty expert witnesses upon whose testimonies the report is founded; quantitative reports of corn and grain exports and imports are appended.

    £300

  2. EPICTETUS. [DU VAIR, Guillaume, translator].

    Le Manuel d’Epictete.

    Paris, Abel L’Angelier, 1591.

    Rare first edition of this translation of the “Encheiridion” or “Manual” of Epictetus’ principal doctrines; an earlier translation by Antoine Du Moulin had been published in 1544.

    £1800

  3. ESSAY UPON MODERN GALLANTRY (AN).

    Address’d to Men of Honour, Men of Pleasure, and Men of Sense. With a seasonable Admonition...

    London: Printed for A. More … 1726.

    Second edition, unrecorded, published in the same year as the first – apparently from the same setting of type with the title-page altered to add the edition statement.

    £1000

  4. ESTE, Rinaldo d’.

    Memoires de monsieur le cardinal Reynard d’Este, protecteur & directeur des affaires de France en cour de...

    Cologne, Henry Demen, 1677.

    Rare first edition of this memoir of the career of the influential Italian cardinal Rinaldo d’Este (1618-1673), compiled by one of his entourage who served with him for 16 years. Born in Modena, son of duke Alfonso III, Este was brought up in France, entered the church, and rose quickly. Elected cardinal...

    £500

  5. ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.

    Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.

    [?London: ?the author], 1885.

    First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...

    £6000

  6. FABBRONI, Adamo.

    Dissertazione sopra il quesito Indicare le vere teorie, con le quali eseguirsi le stime dei terreni, stabilite...

    Faenza, Archi for Antonio Marcheselli (Bologna), 1802.

    Second edition of a paper which won the competition promoted by the Reale Accademia dei Georgofili of Florence in late 1779 for an account of how property should be valued. The 1779–80 competition had elicited, by 1783, four essays which the Academy deemed inadequate and it thereupon reinstated the...

    £400

  7. FANNO, Marco.

    L’Evoluzione delle banche d’emissione …

    Genova, Carlini bros., 1908.

    First separate appearance, reprinted from the Rivista Ligure di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, of an early piece by Fanno (1878–1965), ‘a most distinguished Italian economist’ (The New Palgrave).

    £100

  8. [FASCISM.]

    Ordinamento Corporativo dello Stato Fascista.

    Padua, Edizione di propaganda corporative, 1935.

    Italian Fascism primarily followed the economic model of corporatism to organise capital and labour interest groups into trade unions and employer associations such as agriculture, industry, commercial trade, professionals and artists, as well as banks and credit associations. These trade associations...

    £2500

  9. FAY, Charles Ryle.

    Copartnership in Industry.

    Cambridge, at the University Press, 1913.

    First edition. Charles Ryle Fay (1884–1961) was a favourite pupil of Alfred Marshall, and in 1908 was elected to a fellowship at Christ’s College where he later became a reader in Economic History.

    £50

  10. [FERGUSON, Adam].

    Reflections previous to the establishment of a militia.

    London, R. & J. Dodsley, 1756.

    First edition of this argument in favour of the establishment of a British national militia. Canvassing support in the run-up to the 1757 Militia Act, Pitt proposed militia reform for Britain (i.e. including Scotland) rather than England alone. The Scot Adam Ferguson, one of the most militant of social...

    £950

  11. FERRARA, Francesco.

    La tassa sul macinato. Dev’ella abolirsi, mantenersi o riformarsi?

    Florence, successors of Le Monnier, 1871.

    First edition of a contribution by Ferrara on the question of the macinato or Italian grist tax.

    £350

  12. FERRIER, François Louis Auguste

    De la rémunération des services publics.

    Paris, Pélicier and Chatet, and Lille, Danel, 1833.

    First edition of Ferrier’s critical observations on the findings of the 1831 special commission appointed to clarify the state of civil service remuneration. Far from being a merely financial affair, Ferrier warns, the principles that underpin public service remuneration and the welfare questions relating...

    £380

  13. FINER, Hermann.

    The Theory and Practice of Modern Government ... Vol. I [– II].

    London, Methuen, 1932.

    First British edition, published simultaneously with the first New York edition. This classic work of modern political science, chiefly concerned with constitutional and political practice in the United States, Britain, Germany, and France, is characterized by the treatment of ‘varieties of forms of...

    £100

  14. FISHER, George.

    The instructor: or, young man’s best companion…to which is added the family’s best companion…

    London, for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, [not before 1735].

    Second edition, (first, 1727). ‘Volumes entitled The Young Man’s companion exist in many versions and go back to the 1680s when William Mather produced the first of them. They are compendiums of useful information, intended for self-improvement. They concentrate on English, Mathematics, including...

    £850

  15. [FITZ-PATRICK, Robertus, translator, probably pseud.]

    The sacred History of the Holy Sheet. Collected from grave Authors, and translated...

    London: Printed for M. Cooper … 1745

    First edition of what appears to be the first book in English devoted to a description of the Turin Shroud and its history, curiously combining a sympathetic text with a heavily ironic, anti-Catholic preface, particularly anti-European Catholics. Can the preface have been influenced by the events of...

    £750

  16. FLÓREZ ESTRADA, Alvaro.

    Cours Éclectique d'Économique Politique...

    Paris, Treuttel et Wurtz, 1833.

    First French translation of a work work which has been described as "the first systematic treatise on economics written by a Spaniard" (Germán Bernácer in ESS). It was first published in Spanish in 1828

    £1000

  17. FOSTER, John Leslie.

    An essay on the principle of commercial exchanges, and more particularly of the exchange between Great Britain...

    London, J. Hatchard, 1804.

    First edition of a contemporary response to the Irish Currency Report of 1804 written by the Irish-born judge John L. Foster. The 1804 Irish Currency Report was a direct precursor to the more famous Bullion Report of 1810. Indeed, the former ‘…contains a large part of the doctrine later incorporated...

    £2250

  18. FRESNE, François Ebaudy de.

    Traité d’Agriculture. Considérée tant en elle même que dans ses rapports d’économie politique....

    Paris, De Bray, 1788

    First edition, scarce. ‘According to De Fresne (1743-1815), French agriculture was suffering from the undue extent of corn-growing, and an excessive consumption of fodder in large towns ... He advocates the extension of pasture lands, and a more developed production of cattle and consumption of meat...

    £2250

  19. [FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud.

    for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima compagnia della lesina. Dialogo, capitoli, e ragionamenti....

    Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.

    Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence, first edition thus: the first to include a section specifically directed at women. Styled as the statutes and histories of a fictitious society, the ‘Company of Stinginess’, founded to promote thrift in an age of economic depression and scarcity, made its debut...

    £800

  20. [FUOCO, Francesco]. DE WELZ, Giuseppe.

    La Magia del credito svelata. Istituzione fondamentale di pubblica utilità da Giuseppe...

    Naples, Stamperia francese, 1824.

    First edition, presentation copy; the sheets were re-issued under the title Principii fondamentali di economia pubblica e di finanze in 1840 (see Kress Italian 1055).

    £4750