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.
BLACKERBY, Samuel. Nathaniel BLACKERBY, editor.
The First Part of the Justice of the Peace his Companion; or, a Summary of all...
London, E. & R. Nutt and R. Gosling for J. Walhoe, 1734.
Later editions of this important source of information on crime and the work of the magistracy in early seventeenth-century England. Samuel Blackerby’s Justice of the Peace his Companion … was first published by Walhoe in 1711, and appeared under the title Cases in Law wherein Justices of Peace...
Tractationes Variae ... Prima ... De Simonia. Secunda, De Alienatione bonorum ecclesiasticorum. Tertia, De Largitione...
Venice, Giunta, 1628.
Rare early edition of six legal tracts by Bonacina, one of the foremost jurists, theologians and moralists of his age. Bonacina was to die suddenly three years later, immediately after having been appointed Nuncio of Urban VIII at the court of the Emperor.
Della ragione di stato, libri dieci. Con tre libri delle cause della grandezza della città ... Di nuouo in questa...
The second Gioliti edition of Botero’s neglected masterpiece in the history of economics, first published in 1589, bound with the first Venice edition of the Aggiunte. Of the first work, Schumpeter writes: ‘Divested of nonessentials, the “Malthusian” Principle of Population sprang fully developed...
BRITO, Joaquim José Rodrigues de.
Memorias politicas sobre as verdadeiras bases da grandeza das naçoes, e principalmente de Portugal.
Lisbon, Impressao regia, 1803-1805.
First edition of this landmark in Portuguese philosophical, political and economic thought. Brito was a professor of law at the University of Coimbra and the Memorias is his only published work, written in response to what the author saw as the relative immaturity of the moral and political sciences...
De Monarchia Hispanica. Editio novissima, aucta & emendata ut præfatio ad lectorem indicat.
Amsterdam, Elzevir, 1641.
Second Elzevir edition in Latin of Campanella’s important political tractate on a universal monarchy, including in Chapter 31, ‘De altero Hemispherio & Mundo Novo’, a discussion of the settlement of America and the importance of defending it from English (Protestant) influence.
A discourse touching the Spanish monarchy. Wherein we have a political glasse representing each particular...
London, printed for Philemon Stephens in Paul’s Church-Yard, 1654.
First edition in English. The translator’s preface to the reader is unsigned, but the translation is usually attributed to Edward Chilmead (see Oxford DNB). He explains that he could not discover in which language the Discourse was originally written in, but that the recent  Latin edition published...
[CATHERINE II, Empress of Russia].
Le Czarewitz Chlore. Conte Moral. De main impériale & de maitresse.
Berlin, Fréderic Nicolaï, Lausanne, François Grasset, 1782.
First edition, very rare, of a speculum principis of the Enlightenment, by one of the time’s most enlightened monarchs. Le Czarewitz Chlore is a moral tale written by Catherine II of Russia for her two grandsons, the future Alexander I and his younger brother Constantine, while their father and mother,...
[CITY OF LONDON.]
An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof;...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
CONDILLAC, Etienne Bonnot de, abbé.
Le commerce et le gouvernement, considérés relativement l’un à l’autre.
Amsterdam, et se touve à Paris, chez Jombert et Cellot, 1776.
One of the three editions to appear in the year of the first edition, this is the one produced in two volumes with separate pagination, and without the errata, with errors partially corrected in the text. The other two editions, including the first, were published in a single volume.
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...
CORDEMOY, Géraud de.
Divers traitez de metaphysique, d’histoire, et de politique...
Paris, Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1691.
First edition of these posthumously published works on metaphysics, history and politics by the lawyer, tutor to the Dauphin (future King Louis XV) and some time director of the French Academy. He was highly active in the philosophical circles of Paris. Early on he drew the attention of Bossuet, and...
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...
Ars notarilis auctore celeberrimo D’Adda. In Mediolanensi Archigimnasio iuventutis beneficio utiliter et...
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...
On economic theory and socialism. Collected papers.
London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956.
First edition, second impression. This work includes Dobb’s critique of ‘market socialism’ as developed by Oscar Lange and Abba Lerner, which first appeared in the Economic Journal, (1933).
The Touchstone: a series of letters on social, literary, and political subjects. Originally published in the...
Newcastle, R. Todd, 1863.
First edition. Thomas Doubleday (1790–1870), the son of a Newcastle soap manufacturer, ‘was a radical of Cobbett’s stamp [and] of great influence during the agitation for the Reform Act of 1832’ (Palgrave I, 634). He had also indirectly attacked Malthus in The True Law of Population shewn to...
ELLIS, Charles Thomas.
Practical Remarks and Precedents of Proceedings in Parliament; comprising the Standing Orders of both Houses,...
London, Brooke and Rider et al., 1802.
First edition of the earliest comprehensive treatment of the important subject of private bill legislation, being a greatly revised and enlarged version of the author’s Solicitor’s Instructor in Parliament concerning Estate and Inclosure Bills (1799). Further, updated editions and supplements were...
Lithograph portrait of François Quesnay after a portrait by Pierre Roche Vigneron.
This portrait of Quesnay in a characteristically pensive pose, wearing a wig and fine clothing, reflects his stature and intellectual reputation. The humbly born Quesnay went on to become surgeon to Louis XV and a renowned economist, famous for being the founding father of the Physiocrats.