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. DOUBLEDAY, Thomas.

    The Touchstone: a series of letters on social, literary, and political subjects. Originally published in the...

    Newcastle, R. Todd, 1863.

    First edition. Thomas Doubleday (1790–1870), the son of a Newcastle soap manufacturer, ‘was a radical of Cobbett’s stamp [and] of great influence during the agitation for the Reform Act of 1832’ (Palgrave I, 634). He had also indirectly attacked Malthus in The True Law of Population shewn to...

    £250

  2. DUBOIS-AYMÉ [Jean Marie Joseph Aimé DUBOIS, known as].

    Examen de quelques questions d’économie politique, et notamment de...

    Paris, Pelicier, 1823.

    First edition. Dubois-Aymé uses mathematical methodology to examine two of the cases he considers. In the first instance he ‘compares the power due to the riches of two countries. This power he maintains is in proportion to the goods available to each country over and above its indispensable requirements...

    £750

  3. ELY, Richard Theodore.

    An Introduction to Political Economy … With a preface by John K. Ingram …

    London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co.; New York, Hunt & Easton, 1891.

    First British edition, originally published in New York by the Chautauqua Press in 1889.

    £50

  4. ENGELMANN, Gottfried.

    Lithograph portrait of François Quesnay after a portrait by Pierre Roche Vigneron.

    c. 1830.

    This portrait of Quesnay in a characteristically pensive pose, wearing a wig and fine clothing, reflects his stature and intellectual reputation. The humbly born Quesnay went on to become surgeon to Louis XV and a renowned economist, famous for being the founding father of the Physiocrats.

    £350

  5. [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

  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. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. [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

  17. [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

  18. GALIANI, Ferdinando, Abbé.

    Correspondance inédite de l’Abbé Ferdinand Galiani, conseiller du roi de Naples... Édition imprimée...

    Paris, Treuttel and Würtz, 1818.

    First edition, edited by Barbier, containing correspondence with Diderot, Grimm, Holbach, Morellet, and others.

    £250

  19. GANILH, Charles.

    Essai politique sur le revenu public des peuples de l’antiquité, du moyen age, des siècles modernes, et spécialement...

    Paris, Giguet & Michaud, 1806.

    First edition, a very nice set. ‘Cet imporant ouvrage sur les recettes publiques contient une histoire financière et une théorie de l’impôt. Ganilh passe rapidement sur la partie historique et traite de la science du revenu public en 4 livres: législation et administration, dépenses publiques,...

    £650

  20. GANTT, Henry Laurence.

    Travail, Salaires et Bénéfices … Introduction par C. Bertrand Thompson avec 17 figures et diagrammes...

    Paris, Payot, 1921.

    First edition in French, translated from the second American edition of Gantt’s Work, Wages and Profits (1916).

    £80