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. ABEILLE, Louis Paul.

    Principes sur la liberté du commerce des...

    Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.

    First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector...

    £1250

  2. ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.

    Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre...

    Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del...

    First published in 1833. This analysis...

    £450

  3. AMOROSO, Luigi.

    Principii di economia corporativa.

    Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli, 1938.

    First edition. A mathematician by training,...

    £100

  4. AMOROSO, Luigi.

    Principii di economia corporativa.

    Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli, 1938.

    First edition of this work on mathematical...

    £125

  5. [ANDRE, Pierre, fils d’un bon laboreur].

    L’ami du peuple Français, ou mémoire...

    Limoges, [n.p.], 1776.

    First edition thus, rare, of an attack...

    £2750

  6. [ANON.]

    [Colophon: London, Andrew Bell, 1697].

    First edition, a persuasive essay arguing...

    £3250

  7. [ANON].

    Il Corrispondente triestino ovvero lettere...

    Venice, Silvestro Gnoato, 1805.

    Very rare. We are able to trace an edition...

    £175

  8. BAILEY, Samuel.

    Discourses on various subjects; read before...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,...

    First edition. Samuel Bailey (1791–1870),...

    £550

  9. [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,...

    £32500

  10. BARNARD, Frederick Lamport.

    A Three Years’ Cruize in the Mozambique...

    London: Schulze and Co. for Richard Bentley,...

    First edition. ‘The expedition left Mauritius...

    £2750

  11. BARNES, Ralph M.

    Étude des mouvements et des temps... troisème...

    Paris, Les Editions d’organisation, 1949.

    Third edition, first published in 1937.

    £100

  12. BAUDEAU, Nicolas, Abbé.

    Eclaircissements demandés à M. N**, sur...

    [Paris,] 1775.

    I: Rare first separate edition, first published...

    £3000

  13. BEARDÉ DE L’ABBAYE.

    Essays in agriculture: or, a variety of...

    London, T. Carnan, 1776

    First and only edition in English. Little...

    £380

  14. BECKER, Gary S.

    Economic theory.

    New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1971.

    First edition, the text of Becker’s lectures...

    £120

  15. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni,...

    £300

  16. BENTHAM, William, barrister and numismatist.

    Autograph letter to the bookseller Lackington.

    Upper Gower Street [London], 25 August 1819.

    Writing in the third person, Bentham requests...

    £100

  17. BEVERIDGE, William Henry.

    Full employment in a free society: a report ...

    London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, [1944].

    First edition of the second report by the...

    £250

  18. BLANQUI, Jérôme Adolphe, l’Ainé.

    Histoire de l’économie politique en...

    Paris, Guillaumin, 1837.

    First edition of ‘the first major history...

    £300

  19. BÖHM-BAWERK, Eugen von.

    Kapital and Kapitalzins. Erste [– Zweite]...

    Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1921.

    Fourth edition. The second volume, which...

    £550

  20. BOTERO, Giovanni.

    Della ragione di stato, libri dieci. Con...

    The second Gioliti edition of Botero’s...

    £2200