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. ABEILLE, Louis Paul.

    Principes sur la liberté du commerce des...

    Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.

    First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector...

    £1250

  2. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    ...

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary...

    £750

  3. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  4. ALEMBERT, Jean Le Rond d’.

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

    Paris, Bossange, 1821-22.

    The most complete d’Alembert collected...

    £1500

  5. ALEXANDER, Thomas.

    Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’,...

    Blairlogie, Scotland, 1829.

    A very attractive set of sample accounts...

    £550

  6. ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.

    Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre...

    Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del...

    First published in 1833. This analysis...

    £450

  7. 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

  8. AMOROSO, Luigi.

    Principii di economia corporativa.

    Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli, 1938.

    First edition. A mathematician by training,...

    £100

  9. AMOS, William.

    Minutes in Agriculture and Planting …...

    Boston [Lincolnshire], Printed by J. Hellaby,...

    First edition, rare. William Amos was the...

    £2250

  10. ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.

    De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat...

    Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.

    An offprint, with its own title-page and...

    £45

  11. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions...

    £12500

  12. [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

  13. ANDREUCCI, Andrea Girolamo.

    De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus...

    Rome, typis Antonii de Rubeis in via Seminarii...

    First edition, rare, of Andreucci’s treatise...

    £450

  14. [ANON].

    The Dutch drawn to the life…

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

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

    £1400

  15. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  16. AUGUSTINE, Saint.

    St. Augustine, of the Citie of God: with...

    [London,] Printed by George Eld. 1610.

    First edition in English of Augustine’s...

    £12000

  17. AUSTEN, Jane.

    Mansfield Park: a Novel. In three Volumes...

    London: Printed for J. Murray … 1816.

    Second edition, revised. This is the only...

    £3750

  18. [AUXIRON, Claude-François Joseph d’].

    Principes de tout gouvernement, ou Examen...

    Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766.

    Rare first edition of an important contribution...

    £2800

  19. BACON, Francis.

    The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall...

    London, Printed by John Haviland … 1632.

    Third edition of the definitive text of...

    £650

  20. [BAILEY, Samuel]

    The Rationale of Political Representation....

    London: R. Hunter. 1835.

    First edition. The Rationale… examines...

    £550