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. [SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAN COINAGE.]

    The King’s Assay Master’s Report, with Tables, shewing the Weights and Fineness of the...

    [London, 1834].

    Three tables of coinage weights and fineness for Mexico, Central America, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Rio Plata and Columbia, drawn up by Robert and Henry Bingley of the Assay Office ‘to enable Government to form a correct estimate of the value of South American Dollars, as a supply for the military chests...

    £250

  2. [SOUTH SEA COMPANY. ANONYMOUS].

    A letter to a member of parliament wherein the unreasonableness and improbability of binding down...

    London, n.p., 1721.

    First edition of a concise pamphlet arguing against the reduction of redeemable South Sea Company stock to £300. The author presents a strong succinct argument by contrasting the treatment of the redeemable-subscribers with that of their peers: ‘The Fourth Money-Subscriber, out of his Money which...

    £350

  3. STEELE, Richard.

    [Eight works by and relating to him].

    London, 1715-1720.

    A splendid collection of pamphlets by and relating to Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), army officer, playwright, theatre manager, essayist, editor of the Tatler, Spectator and Guardian, Whig MP and propagandist, covering many facets of his diverse career. This volume belonged to Sir Thomas Clarke, a protegé...

    £2500

  4. STONEHOUSE, Samuel.

    A new and accurate book of interest in tables, calculated to a farthing. Calculated to a farthing: At 2½,...

    London, Richard and Henry Causton, 1793.

    The twelfth edition. All editions of this work are rare.

    £125

  5. WALRAS, Léon.

    Théorie critique de l’impot …

    Paris, Guillaumin et Cie, 1861.

    First and only edition of Walras’ second published book on economics and an important early testimonial to his profound admiration for, and intellectual identification with, his father. In the lengthy preface, he reviews the ideas contained in the works of Auguste Walras, including the concept of ‘rarety’...

    £5750

  6. [WILLIAMS.]

    Bankers stopping Payment.

    A country bumpkin sits on a small wooden chair, facing a bank-counter inscribed Small Stock & Co. Three elderly men stand behind it registering gloomy apprehension; one leans on the counter, his hands raised above a cheque: Small Stock & Co. please pay to my charge £50.0.0 S. Simple. He says: I am sorry...

    £575

  7. WU, Chi-Yuen.

    An outline of international price theories… with an introduction by Professor Lionel Robbins.

    London, George Routledge& Sons, Ltd., [1939].

    First edition, number seven in a series of monographs by writers connected to the London School of Economics and Political Science. This work was adapted from the essay which Wu submitted for his PhD, which was awarded by the University of London in 1937. In An outline of international price theories,...

    £80