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. GASSER, Simon Peter.

    Einleitung zu den Oeconomischen Politischen und Cameral-Wissenschaften, worrinen für dieses mal die Oeconomico-Cameralia...

    Halle, Wäysenhaus, 1729.

    First edition. Simon Peter Gasser (1676–1745) was appointed by Friedrich Wilhelm I to the first chair of economy to be founded in Prussia, at the University of Halle in 1727, where Gasser had until then been a lecturer in law. The present work, an introduction to the science of cameralism, and dedicated...

    £3250

  2. GEE, Joshua.

    The trade and navigation of Great-Britain considered: shewing that the surest way for a nation to increase in riches,...

    London, A. Bettesworth, C. Hitch … and S. Birt, 1738.

    Fourth edition of Gee’s most important work, first published in 1729. Written at a time of declining exports, decaying agriculture and high unemployment Trade and navigation discusses foreign trade with strong protectionist tendencies. Gee is keen to improve trade with the North American colonies,...

    £450

  3. GEORGE, Henry.

    Izbrannyia rechi i stat’i … Perevod s Angliiskago S. D. Nikolaeva. [Collected lectures and essays … Translated...

    Moscow, ‘Posrednik’, 1905.

    First edition, very rare: Russian translations of 11 lectures and essays, published by the ‘Posrednik’ publishing house founded by Tolstoy, who was a vocal supporter of George and saw Russia as the natural home for his philosophy on the land question.

    £1500

  4. GOING, Charles Buxton.

    Principes d’organisation industrielle … Introduction par C. Bertrand Thompson.

    Paris, Payot, 1922.

    First French translation of Going’s Principles of Industrial Engineering (1911). Only 2 copies recorded in NUC (NN, MH).

    £70

  5. [GREAT BRITAIN: PARLIAMENT].

    [Drop-head title:] ‘An act for repealing the several duties of customs and excise, and granting...

    London, Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1787.

    Rare first edition of the consolidation act that revolutionised British handling of customs and excise and the problem of smuggling, in line with Adam Smith’s 1776 recommendations.

    £2750

  6. GUNTON, George.

    Wealth and Progress. A critical examination of the wages question and its economic relation to social reform.

    London, Macmillan, 1888.

    First British edition. Born in Cambridgeshire, the son of an agricultural labourer, George Gunton (1845–1919) emigrated to America in 1874, where he worked as a weaver, but was blacklisted the following year after leading an unsuccessful strike. He did, however, secure some other manual work, at the...

    £100

  7. HARRIMAN, Norman Follett.

    Principles of scientific purchasing.

    New York, McGraw-Hill, 1928.

    First edition of the engineer Norman Follett Harriman’s overview of scientific purchasing. Harriman, arguing that the modern purchasing agent is ‘an economist—and probably also an engineer—who studies his materials and products, their sources, methods and costs of production, markets, and price...

    £100

  8. HEILBRONER, Robert L. (1919-2005), American economist and historian of economic thought.

    Typescript letter with manuscript corrections,...

    [No place, early 1973?].

    A long typescript letter written by Heilbroner either in late 1972, the year of his appointment as the Vice President of the American Economic Association, or perhaps more probably, if the recipient is to be identified with his mentor Adolph Lowe, in the early months of 1973, the year of Lowe’s eightieth...

    £200

  9. [HEINITZ, Karl Friedrich Anton, Freiherr von].

    Essai d’économie politique …

    Basel, Decker brothers, 1785.

    First and only edition of a rare work of comparative economic theory, in which the author presents tables illustrating four different aspects of a state’s political economy. The tables themselves show the economic situation in terms of population, agriculture, and receipts and expenditure.

    £1500

  10. HERMANN, Friedrich Benedict Wilhelm von (1795-1868), German economist and statistician.

    Manuscript lecture notes entitled ‘National-Oeconomie...

    Munich, summer 1835 (dated 20 August 1835 at the end).

    An unpublished manuscript constituting an important source for the development of Hermann’s progressive economic theories between the two editions of his influential work Staatswirthschaftliche Untersuchungen (Investigations into political economy). First published in 1832, the Untersuchungen established...

    £2200

  11. HOBHOUSE, Leonard Trelawny.

    The labour movement.

    London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1893.

    First edition of Hobhouse’s first book. ‘From the late 1880s Hobhouse had developed a keen interest in trade union affairs. He supported the cause of the dock strike in 1889, and came into contact with labour leaders such as Tom Mann and Ben Tillett. He also visited Toynbee Hall, and exchanged views...

    £150

  12. HOLLANDER, Jacob Harry.

    Economic Liberalism.

    New York and Cincinnati, The Abingdon Press, [1925].

    First edition, dedicated ‘to the memory of Herbert B. Adams, who first taught me the meaning of liberalism’.

    £50

  13. HOLROYD, John Baker, Earl of Sheffield.

    Observations on the Impolicy, Abuses, and False Interpretation of the Poor Laws; and on...

    London, J. Hatchard, 1818.

    First edition. Holroyd (1735–1821) highlights current abuses of the Poor Laws and praises the efforts at reform then being debated in Parliament. ‘There remains not a question that the Reports will encourage and promote various suggestions and useful observations, that will elucidate and enlighten...

    £300

  14. HURRY, Thomas.

    Tables of interest, from one pound to five hundred millions, for one day; by which the interest for any sum of money...

    One of two editions published in 1786, the other one undated, ESTC does not give any precedence. Tables for calculating interest at a quarter, half, three-quarters, three, four, and five percent; intended as a quick reference for bankers and merchants. Hurry precedes his tables with four pages of example...

    £350

  15. HUSKISSON, William (1770-1830), politician.

    Autograph letter signed (‘W Huskisson’) to an unnamed ‘Dear Sir’.

    18 Hertford Street [London], 21 December, 1810.

    Huskisson was a leading exponent of strict adherence to the Gold standard and an opponent of the perceived over-issue of bank notes in the early nineteenth century. This letter was written only a few months after Huskisson had published his important pamphlet, The question concerning the depreciation...

    £150

  16. INGALL, Godefroi D. and George WITHERS.

    The stock exchange.

    London, Edward Arnold

    First edition of Ingall’s and Withers’ instructional overview of the Stock Exchange. Though written as an introduction to the stock exchange for the incipient stockbroker, The Stock Exchange is not overly technical and therefore remains accessible to the general public. Ingall and Withers illuminate...

    £200

  17. JACOBS, H. W.

    Betterment Briefs. A Collection of Published Papers on Organized Industrial Efficiency.

    New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1909.

    Second, definitive edition. ‘The nucleus of the present volume is a series of four articles published by Mr Jacobs in The Engineering Magazine from September, 1906, to January, 1907, under the title “Organization and Economy in the Railway Machine Shop”. This was followed in June by a paper on...

    £220

  18. JACOB, William.

    Report on the Trade in Foreign Corn, and on the Agriculture of the north of Europe … To which is added, an Appendix...

    London, James Ridgway, 1826.

    First edition; two further editions were published the same year. William Jacob (1762?–1851) was appointed to the comptrollership of corn returns in 1822. ‘He was commissioned by the Government in 1825 and 1827 to report on the condition of agriculture in some of the states of northern Europe; the...

    £220

  19. JACOB, William.

    An Historical Inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals …

    London, John Murray, 1831.

    First edition. William Jacob (1762?–1851) was appointed to the comptrollership of corn returns in 1822. ‘On the suggestion of Huskisson, [Jacob] undertook an inquiry into the production and consumption of the precious metals. This work shows great research, but is defective, which may be attributed...

    £400

  20. JEVONS, Herbert Stanley.

    Essays on economics.

    London and New York, Macmillan & Co., 1905.

    First edition of Herbert Stanley Jevons’ essays, on pleasure and pain, utility, labour, exchange and capital, rent, and production, inscribed to his Chicago associate J.D. Thompson (see item 23). In the introduction he mentions his father’s work in discussion of ‘the hedonic school’ of economics,...

    £100