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. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  2. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  3. AMERICAN ANTI-SOCIALIST (The).

    A Monthly Magazine … Volume 1, Number...

    Washington, D.C., John Basil Barnhill,...

    Scarce complete run of The American Anti-Socialist,...

    £300

  4. [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

  5. ANDREUCCI, Andrea Girolamo.

    De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus...

    Rome, typis Antonii de Rubeis in via Seminarii...

    First edition, rare, of Andreucci’s treatise...

    £450

  6. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  7. [AUXIRON, Claude-François Joseph d’].

    Principes de tout gouvernement, ou Examen...

    Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766.

    Rare first edition of an important contribution...

    £2800

  8. AZUNI, Domenico Alberto.

    Systême universel de principes du droit...

    Paris, Digeon, an VI [1797].

    First French edition. Azuni’s own translation,...

    £850

  9. [BAILEY, Samuel]

    The Rationale of Political Representation....

    London: R. Hunter. 1835.

    First edition. The Rationale… examines...

    £550

  10. BAILEY, Samuel.

    Discourses on various subjects; read before...

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

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

    £550

  11. BALZAC, Jean-Louis Guez de.

    Aristippus, or, Monsieur de Balsac’s...

    London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Nat....

    First edition in English of Aristippe...

    £750

  12. BARRÉS DU MOLARD, Alphonse, vicomte.

    Mémoires sur la guerre de la Navarre et...

    Paris: Imprimerie de Louis Perrin for...

    First edition. A history of the...

    £400

  13. BAUR, Fidelis.

    Geschichte der Hohenzollernschen Staaten...

    Sigmaringen, Bucher & Liener, 1834–6.

    First edition. Perched on the Zollenberg,...

    £350

  14. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    “Swear not at all:” containing an Exposure...

    London, R. Hunter, 1817.

    First published edition, originally printed...

    £550

  15. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    The Elements of the Art of Packing, as...

    London, Effingham Wilson, 1821.

    First published edition, originally printed...

    £900

  16. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form...

    London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed...

    First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint...

    £225

  17. [BENTHAM, Jeremy].

    Truth versus Ashhurst; or Law as it is,...

    London, T. Moses, 1823.

    First edition. The text was also printed...

    £300

  18. BENTHAM, Jeremy. SALAS Y CORTES, Ramón, translator.

    Tratados de legislación civil y penal,...

    Madrid, Fermín Villalpando, 1821-1822.

    First edition: rare. A collection of Jeremy...

    £3750

  19. 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