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. ALEMBERT, Jean Le Rond d’.

    Oeuvres de d’Alembert. Tome premier [-cinquième]...

    Paris, Bossange, 1821-22.

    The most complete d’Alembert collected...

    £1500

  2. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions...

    £12500

  3. [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

  4. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  5. AZUNI, Domenico Alberto.

    Systême universel de principes du droit...

    Paris, Digeon, an VI [1797].

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

    £850

  6. BACON, Francis.

    The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall...

    London, Printed by John Haviland … 1632.

    Third edition of the definitive text of...

    £650

  7. BACON, Francis.

    Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica,...

    London, Roger Daniel for Octavian Pulleyn,...

    First edition, edited by William Rawley,...

    £1100

  8. BALBIAN, Josse van (also Justus a Balbian).

    Tractatus septem, de lapide philosophico...

    Leiden, Christoffel Raphelengius at the...

    Very rare first edition of Balbian’s...

    £3500

  9. BERKELEY, George.

    St Petersburg, O. N. Popov, 1905.

    First Russian edition of George Berkeley’s...

    £1750

  10. BERLIN Isiah.

    The Naiveté of Verdi.

    [New York, The Hudson Review, 1968].

    First edition. Presentations by Berlin...

    £750

  11. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  12. BRAY, Charles.

    The philosophy of necessity; or, the law...

    London, Longman et al, 1841.

    First edition. Bray (1811-84), a Coventry...

    £450

  13. BROUGHAM, Lord Henry.

    Lives of men of letters and science who...

    London, Charles Knight and Co., 1845-47.

    First edition of the first volume (1845),...

    £250

  14. [CAMBRIDGE PHILOSOPHY.]

    Aristotelian Society. Supplementary Volume...

    London, Williams & Norgate, 1926.

    First appearance, with original contributions...

    £125

  15. CAMPBELL, George.

    A dissertation on miracles: containing...

    Edinburgh, for A. Kincaid & J. Bell, 1762.

    First edition. This dissertation, expanded...

    £850

  16. CARNAP, Rudolf.

    Introduction to semantics.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University...

    First edition. The letter inserted in this...

    £1250

  17. CARNAP, Rudolf.

    1959 & 1962.

    The first photograph shows Carnap and his...

    £1500

  18. [CATHERINE II, Empress of Russia].

    Le Czarewitz Chlore. Conte Moral. De main...

    Berlin, Fréderic Nicolaï, Lausanne,...

    First edition, very rare, of a speculum...

    £3000

  19. COOLIDGE, Mary Roberts.

    American public problems: Chinese immigration.

    New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1909.

    First edition of Dr Coolidge’s impassioned...

    £150

  20. CORDEMOY, Géraud de.

    Divers traitez de metaphysique, d’histoire,...

    Paris, Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1691.

    First edition of these posthumously published...

    £450