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. ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.

    De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat...

    Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.

    An offprint, with its own title-page and...

    £45

  2. [ANON.]

    [Colophon: London, Andrew Bell, 1697].

    First edition, a persuasive essay arguing...

    £3250

  3. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni,...

    £300

  4. CAPPELLO, Pier Andrea (also CAPELLO).

    Nuovo trattato del modo di regolare la moneta.

    Venice, Lorenzo Baseggio, 1752.

    Very scarce first edition. Cappello’s...

    £5000

  5. COLTON, Calvin.

    Public economy of the United States.

    New York, A. S. Barnes & Co., 1848.

    First edition of an attack on the concept...

    £250

  6. CONDILLAC, Etienne Bonnot de, abbé.

    Le commerce et le gouvernement, considérés...

    Amsterdam, et se touve à Paris, chez...

    One of the three editions to appear in...

    £600

  7. DELLA TORRE, Raffaele.

    Tractatus de cambiis.

    Genoa, Pietro Giovanni Calenzano, 1641.

    First edition of this monumental work on...

    £1250

  8. FANNO, Marco.

    L’Evoluzione delle banche d’emissione …

    Genova, Carlini bros., 1908.

    First separate appearance, reprinted from...

    £100

  9. FERRARA, Francesco.

    La tassa sul macinato. Dev’ella abolirsi,...

    Florence, successors of Le Monnier, 1871.

    First edition of a contribution by Ferrara...

    £350

  10. FOSTER, John Leslie.

    An essay on the principle of commercial...

    London, J. Hatchard, 1804.

    First edition of a contemporary response...

    £2250

  11. [FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud.

    for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima...

    Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.

    Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence,...

    £800

  12. GANILH, Charles.

    Essai politique sur le revenu public des...

    Paris, Giguet & Michaud, 1806.

    First edition, a very nice set. ‘Cet...

    £650

  13. GARRIDO, Joam Antonio.

    Taboada curiosa, novamente reformada, e...

    Lisbon, Ignacio Nogueira Xisto, 1759.

    Sixth edition of a rare Portuguese merchant’s...

    £650

  14. [GREAT BRITAIN: PARLIAMENT].

    [Drop-head title:] ‘An act for repealing...

    London, Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1787.

    Rare first edition of the consolidation...

    £2750

  15. [GREENE, Asa.]

    The perils of Pearl Street, including a...

    New York, Betts & Anstice and Peter Hill, 1834.

    First edition of a very early Wall Street...

    £4500

  16. [GREENE, Asa.]

    The perils of Pearl Street, including a...

    New York, Betts & Anstice and Peter Hill, 1834.

    First edition of a very early Wall Street...

    £5500

  17. HOGARTH, William.

    [South Sea Scheme].

    [London], [n.p.], [after 1751].

    Final state of eight, the first dated to...

    £750

  18. HOGARTH, William.

    The lottery.

    [London], [n.p.], [after 1751].

    Ninth state of nine, the first dated to...

    £750

  19. HOGARTH, William.

    [South Sea Scheme].

    Printed for John Bowles at the Black Horse...

    Sixth state of eight, the first dated to...

    £2500

  20. HURRY, Thomas.

    Tables of interest, from one pound to five...

    One of two editions published in 1786,...

    £350