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. PIECK, Henri C.

    10 Dagen Die De Wereld Deden Wankelen.

    Amsterdam, Skovino, 1927.

    A rare lithograph of Pieck’s dramatic illustration for Ten Days that Shook the World (October in English), a silent film commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the October Revolution. Made by the director of Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, the...

    £300

  2. [CITY OF LONDON.]

    An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof;...

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing for the ‘raising and levying of Monies’ for the employment of night-watchmen in the City of London. ‘The said Constables, shall … use their best Endeavours, to prevent Fires, Murders, Burglaries, Robberies, and other Outrages, and Disorders …’. The act...

    £850

  3. [SCOTLAND.

    ACT OF UNION.] A coherent tract volume of ten pamphlets, for and against the Union, published in 1705-6.

    The months leading up to the Act of Union in January 1707 were a time of heated debate in Scotland. Politicians, writers, the landed gentry, churchmen, and others joined in making their opinions known in tracts and speeches. To pressures from an England anxious to ensure a Protestant succession were...

    £3750

  4. COOLIDGE, Mary Roberts.

    American public problems: Chinese immigration.

    New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1909.

    First edition of Dr Coolidge’s impassioned critique of the contemporary US policy regarding Chinese immigrants.

    The first wave of Chinese immigration into the US was in the 19th century, when Chinese workers provided cheap labour for the construction of the railways and in other industries...

    £150

  5. [RENAZZI, Filippo Maria].

    Analisi degli Elementi di Diritto Criminale.

    Modena, con approvazione, 1788.

    First edition thus, very rare. The writer of the preface discloses that this ‘picciol’ volume of Renazzi’s work was needed to make the concepts of his Elementa accessible to the layman, so that anyone could comfortably approach a complete and distinct idea of the work. It deserved being translated...

    £950

  6. LAMAN, Paulus.

    Anleiding tot de eerste beginselen der Groninger regts-kunde.

    [Holland, mid-18th century].

    A neat manuscript copy of an anonymous handbook on the rudiments of jurisprudence particular to Groningen, attributed to Paulus Laman (1663-1747). Having studied philosophy and law, Laman became an advocate, judge and burgomaster at Groningen. The Anleiding first appeared in print in 1738, published...

    £500

  7. SAINT-PIERRE, Charles Irénée Castel de.

    Annales politiques ... Premiere [-seconde] partie.

    Londres [i.e. Paris?], 1758.

    Second edition (following the first octavo edition of 1757) of a valuable contemporary history of the period 1658 to 1739, summarising political events in Europe and ‘containing original thought and, very often, the signs of good sense and consequently of a sober and impartial judgement’ (Palgrave).

    £350

  8. [PRADT, Dominique Georges Frédéric de Riom de Prolhiac du Four de].

    Antidote au Congrès de Rastadt, ou Plan d’un nouvel équilibre...

    London [i.e. Hamburg], 1798.

    First edition of the Abbé de Pradt’s first and most famous work. The entries for the present work in Barbier, Quérard and NUC (which gives a different pagination) all include ‘par l’auteur des “Considérations sur la France”’ in their transcription of the title-page. Our copy is completely...

    £250

  9. BALZAC, Jean-Louis Guez de.

    Aristippus, or, Monsieur de Balsac’s Masterpiece, being a Discourse concerning the Court … Englished...

    London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Nat. Eakins … and Tho. Johnson … 1659.

    First edition in English of Aristippe (1657), a treatise on wisdom in political administration dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden, who was an admirer. Balzac was particularly reputed for the quality of his prose, seen as raising it to the same perfection as Malherbe did for French verse. ...

    £750

  10. RUGE,

    Arnold, and Clair James GRECE, Paul NERRLICH (ed.). Unser System ... Herausgegeben von C. J. Grece, LL.D. Zum 100. Geburtstage...

    Frankfurt, Neuer Verlag, 1903.

    A rare celebrative reprint of the most detailed exposition of Arnold Ruge’s philosophy (originally published in 1850).

    £150

  11. D’ADDA, Vincenzo.

    Ars notarilis auctore celeberrimo D’Adda. In Mediolanensi Archigimnasio iuventutis beneficio utiliter et...

    [Milan], 1796.

    Fair manuscript copy, in all likelihood a presentation copy, of a text of notarial law which remained a reference in Italian jurisprudence from the Austrian times until well after Napoleon, by one of the most prominent Milanese jurists of Enlightened Lombardy. The scribe identifies himself as Felice...

    £2500

  12. LIEBER, Francis.

    Autograph letter in French, signed ‘François Lieber’, to Joseph Bonaparte, comte de Survilliers, Napoleon’s...

    Columbia, South Carolina, 9 May 1836.

    The German-American political scientist Francis Lieber (1800–1872) was a prolific theorist of political ethics and jurisprudence. He emigrated to Boston in 1827, where he impressed John Quincy Adams, and became Tocqueville’s principal informant for Democracy in America (1835–40). In 1835 he was...

    £425

  13. LINGUET, Simon-Nicolas-Henri (1736-1794), French journalist and lawyer.

    Autograph letter signed (‘Linguet’) to the Parisian...

    Brussels, 29 April 1787.

    An interesting letter from Linguet, one of the founders of political journalism who crossed swords with the philosophes, economists, politicians, and slavery abolitionists. Exiled on numerous occasions and imprisoned in the Bastille, he was guillotined in 1794.

    £350

  14. SCHUMACHER, H., Professor.

    Autograph letter signed (‘H. Schumacher’) to a colleague.

    Bonn, den Coblenzerstrasse 83, 10 February 1915.

    Schumacher’s spirited response to a colleague who had asked for Schumacher’s opinion on a letter he intended to publish in an American newspaper. Schumacher charges him with completely misunderstanding both the political situation and public opinion in the USA. He criticises the German attitude towards...

    £150

  15. COWLEY, John.

    The Candidates Guide: or the Electors Rights decided. Shewing the Resolutions of the Honble the Commons of Great...

    London: Printed for J. Brindley ... and sold by Mrs. Dodd ... and by the Booksellers of London and Westminster: likewise in most great Towns...

    First edition of a guide to electoral rights ‘from the controverted Election for New-Castle-Under-Line, in April 1624, to that of Weymouth in May 1730’. Based on the Commons journals, Cowley assembles an alphabetical list of who can vote in each borough. In Lichfield, for example, the right is held...

    £450

  16. CLIFFORD, Jeronimy.

    The case and replication of the legal representatives of Jeronimy Clifford; a British subject; and late merchant...

    London, C. Say, 1763.

    First edition of this comprehensive summary of the Clifford case in four parts. The work covers the years 1667-1737, the years of the case as it proceeded after Clifford’s death, followed by the latest details of the case presented on 7 October 1762 and the replication of the lawyers acting in Clifford’s...

    £1800

  17. [CLIFFORD, Jeronimy].

    The case of Jeronimy Clifford, merchant and planter of Surinam. Paper, No. 160.

    [London, n.p., 1711].

    First extended account of Clifford’s long-running legal battle with the Dutch West India Company in Surinam over Corcabo, his sugar plantation. The earlier publications had been just four pages long; this work furnishes us with plantation account details and testimonies, chronologically arranged with...

    £1250

  18. [CIVIL LAW.]

    COMMENTARY, in Latin; a complete paper leaf, double columns of 61 lines, the words commented on written in a large...

    Much of the commentary is concerned with legal transactions and gives instructions about how to produce a valid legal document, such as putting the name of the reigning emperor at the start of the text. The commentary also discusses the different professions and occupations such as head of state, judge,...

    £250

  19. MORE, Thomas.

    The Common-wealth of Utopia: containing a learned and pleasant Discourse of the best State of a publike-Weale, as...

    London, Printed by B. Alsop & T. Fawcet, and are to be sold by Wil: Sheares … 1639.

    Fifth edition of More’s Utopia in English, translated by Ralph Robinson – the last edition of his translation, first published in 1551, and revised in 1556. Alsop printed a corrected edition in 1624, with a dedication to More’s grandson, Cresacre More, which is reprinted here.

    £2500

  20. GRIMKE, Frederick.

    Considerations upon the nature and tendency of free institutions.

    Cincinnati, H. W. Derby & Co., 1884.

    First edition, scarce in commerce, of this ‘significant contribution to American thought’ written by a Supreme Court judge who advocated the ‘popular election of judges for specific terms’ (Supreme Court of Ohio biographies online, ‘Grimke’). Grimke (1791-1862) studied at Yale and Carolina,...

    £1750