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] [Ed. by A. Belin].

    Paris, Bossange, 1821-22.

    The most complete d’Alembert collected works, to this day the standard reference edition, Belin’s comprehensive publication significantly added to the previous collected edition of 1805 with numerous pieces that had never appeared in print before, including the correspondence with Voltaire and with...

    £1500

  2. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions by andreae, including his famous christian utopia.

    £12500

  3. [ANDRE, Pierre, fils d’un bon laboreur].

    L’ami du peuple Français, ou mémoire adressé à M. Turgot, contrôleur des finances,...

    Limoges, [n.p.], 1776.

    First edition thus, rare, of an attack on the French tax system published on the eve of Turgot’s demise. Set out as a narrative, this work outlines the family history of the author as a tale of hard work, of strife against the injustice and abuse of tax collectors, progressive failure to meet impossible...

    £2750

  4. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply to Sir John Sinclair’s 1802 pamphlet An essay on longevity.

    £950

  5. AZUNI, Domenico Alberto.

    Systême universel de principes du droit maritime de l’Europe . . . Traduit de l’italien, avec des...

    Paris, Digeon, an VI [1797].

    First French edition. Azuni’s own translation, with additions, of his principal work on maritime law, Sistema universale dei principii del diritto marittimo dell’ Europa (1795). ‘The first volume . . . is devoted to the sea and to the rights that can be exerted over it, and has an almost exclusively...

    £850

  6. BACON, Francis.

    The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall … Newly enlarged.

    London, Printed by John Haviland … 1632.

    Third edition of the definitive text of Bacon’s Essayes, first published in 1625. The first edition appeared in 1597 comprising only ten short essays; in 1612 these were revised and a further twenty-eight essays added. The 1625 edition contained fifty-eight essays, twenty of them new, and the rest...

    £650

  7. BACON, Francis.

    Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica, civilia, et theologica …

    London, Roger Daniel for Octavian Pulleyn, 1658.

    First edition, edited by William Rawley, ‘the most important disseminator of Bacon’s works and propagator of Bacon’s reputation in the seventeenth century’ (Rees, p. lxxiii). This is the second issue, with a cancel title giving Pulleyn as publisher but with gathering K still in its first, uncorrected...

    £1100

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

    Tractatus septem, de lapide philosophico...

    Leiden, Christoffel Raphelengius at the Officina Plantiniana, 1599.

    Very rare first edition of Balbian’s Seven tracts on the philosophers’ stone, an alchemical text edited by the Belgian doctor and alchemist, which was eventually republished in vol. III of Theatrum chemicum.

    £3500

  9. BERKELEY, George.

    St Petersburg, O. N. Popov, 1905.

    First Russian edition of George Berkeley’s Principles of Human Knowledge, translated by E. Dobolsky and edited by N.G. Dobolsky. The text, on the chief causes of error and difficulty in the sciences, examining the grounds of scepticism, atheism and irreligion, was first published in Dublin in 1710,...

    £1750

  10. BERLIN Isiah.

    The Naiveté of Verdi.

    [New York, The Hudson Review, 1968].

    First edition. Presentations by Berlin are rare, and this one is presumed to be for one of his closest friends, Stephen Spender. Spender had dedicated his World within World (1951) to Berlin, and this inscription most probably refers to Berlin’s forthcoming Four Essays on Liberty (1969) dedicated to...

    £750

  11. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft in einer beurtheilenden Uebersicht.

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary of the greatest works of Bolzano, The Theory of Science and The Science of Religion, first published in four-volume sets in 1837 and 1834, copiously illustrated with citations from the original texts.

    £600

  12. BRAY, Charles.

    The philosophy of necessity; or, the law of consequences; as applicable to mental, moral, and social science.

    London, Longman et al, 1841.

    First edition. Bray (1811-84), a Coventry ribbon manufacturer, was converted to phrenology by George Combe, with whom he formed a close association; he was also close in early life to George Eliot and to Herbert Spencer. The Philosophy of Necessity was published during the Chartist ferment, when Bray...

    £450

  13. BROUGHAM, Lord Henry.

    Lives of men of letters and science who flourished in the time of George III … with portraits, engraved...

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

    First edition of the first volume (1845), later edition of the second volume (dated 1847, first published 1846) of Brougham’s lives which includes Voltaire, Hume, Davy, Johnson, and Adam Smith to name a few stars in the firmament of the reign of George III, or, in Brougham’s terms, the ‘Augustan...

    £250

  14. [CAMBRIDGE PHILOSOPHY.]

    Aristotelian Society. Supplementary Volume VI. Methods of Analysis. The Symposia read at the Joint Session...

    London, Williams & Norgate, 1926.

    First appearance, with original contributions from Ramsey, Braithwaite, Broad, and Moore, among others.

    £125

  15. CAMPBELL, George.

    A dissertation on miracles: containing an examination of the principles advanced by David Hume Esq; in an essay...

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

    First edition. This dissertation, expanded from a sermon preached before the provincial synod in 1760 is called by Mossner ‘the most elaborate of the eighteenth century and is further remarkable in that it drew comment from Hume himself’ (p. 292). Through an intermediary, the Reverend Hugh Blair,...

    £850

  16. CARNAP, Rudolf.

    Introduction to semantics.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1942.

    First edition. The letter inserted in this copy, dated February 26th 1947, is one leaf, penned and signed by Carnap, and addressed to R.P. Brady, a graduate student whose idea of a new introduction to Principia Mathematica Carnap finds ‘very interesting’. In response to Brady’s request, Carnap...

    £1250

  17. CARNAP, Rudolf.

    1959 & 1962.

    The first photograph shows Carnap and his wife outside their house and is signed and, in another hand, dated 1959 as having been taken in Santa Monica. The second photograph is of Carnap and is dated 1960, signed and inscribed “Der lieben Erna, in alter Freundschaft”. This refers to Erna Lowenberg...

    £1500

  18. [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,...

    £3000

  19. 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

  20. 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...

    £450