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. (a). GOULET, Robert.

    Compendium recenter editum de multiplici...

    Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.

    First edition of the first account of...

    £12500

  2. 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

  3. [ANON].

    The Dutch drawn to the life…

    London, for Thomas Johnson and H. Marsh, 1664.

    First edition. The book is written as a...

    £1400

  4. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  5. BARNARD, Frederick Lamport.

    A Three Years’ Cruize in the Mozambique...

    London: Schulze and Co. for Richard Bentley,...

    First edition. ‘The expedition left Mauritius...

    £2750

  6. BARRINGTON, George.

    A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description...

    London: C. Lowndes for H.D. Symonds, [c....

    First and only combined edition, second...

    £3000

  7. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

    London: Printed by E. Owen, and sold by...

    First edition. Thomas Sutton (1532-1611)...

    £250

  8. BERNOULLI, Daniel.

    Q.D.B.V. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico...

    Basel, J.H. Decker, 1771.

    First edition of Daniel Bernoulli’s doctoral...

    £1650

  9. BIOT, Jean-Baptiste.

    Deuxième lettre … à M. Saulnier fils,...

    Paris, Dondey-Dupré, 1828.

    First edition in book form, rare, reprinted...

    £200

  10. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  11. BOOTH, Charles.

    In darkest England and the way out.

    London, Salvation Army, [1890.]

    First edition. ‘In 1890, the same year...

    £250

  12. [Brewer, George].

    The Siamese tales: being a collection of...

    London, Vernor & Hood and Champante &...

    First edition of an anonymously published...

    £950

  13. [CAMPOMANES, Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de].

    Discurso sobre el Fomento de la Industria...

    Madrid, D. Antonio de Sancha, 1774.

    First edition; preceding the complementary...

    £400

  14. CAREY, Henry Charles.

    Principles of social science.

    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.

    First edition, a very attractive copy,...

    £1500

  15. [CITY OF LONDON.]

    An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch,...

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing...

    £850

  16. COOLIDGE, Mary Roberts.

    American public problems: Chinese immigration.

    New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1909.

    First edition of Dr Coolidge’s impassioned...

    £150

  17. DANSON, John Towne.

    A Contribution towards an Investigation...

    London, M. & W. Collis, 1848.

    First edition, marked ‘for private circulation’,...

    £50

  18. DUVILLARD DE DURAND, Emmanuel Étienne.

    Nouvelle formule pour trouver la hauteur...

    Paris, Deterville and widow Desray, 1826.

    First edition of a rare and neglected work...

    £500

  19. EBERSTADT, Edward, & Sons.

    Indian Captivities & Massacres, being the...

    New York: Edward Eberstadt & Sons, 1943.

    An uncommon catalogue of nearly 400 items,...

    £30

  20. GALLONIO, Antonio.

    Trattato de gli instrumenti di martirio...

    Rome, Donangeli, 1591.

    First edition of this very vividly illustrated...

    £2000