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.
PIECK, Henri C.
10 Dagen Die De Wereld Deden Wankelen.
Amsterdam, Skovino, 1927.
A rare lithograph of Pieck’s dramatic illustration for Ten Days that Shook the World (October in English), a silent film commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the October Revolution. Made by the director of Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, the...
Abbildung des auf der Strasse Quincampoix in Paris entstandenen so berühmten Actien-Handel. Excudit C. Weigel nach...
This engraving is a German version of ‘Rue Quinquempoix en l'Année 1720’(BM Catalogue 1655). It gives a view, in angular perspective, of the Rue Quinquempoix, Paris, with crowds of persons assembled there during the share mania of the Mississippi, South Sea, and other schemes which bubbled in the...
ABC du Père Castor.
Paris, Flammarion, 1936.
First edition. A colourful alphabet book, each letter beautifully illustrated by a different animal by the Russian émigré illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky, aka Rojan. Alongside the mundane, the animal selection includes contributions from Rojan’s favourite haunt, the zoo, including marmots, African...
[San Francisco], E.F. Hutton & Company, 1938.
First and only edition of a delightful production from the Grabhorn Press: a set of reflections on the risks of the Stock Exchange issued by the printers E.F. Hutton & Co. Published to echo the President of the New York’s Stock Exchange’s fifteen-point program aimed to protect the investing public...
Abriss der Algebra der Logik. Bearb. im Auftrag der deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung von dr. Eugen Müller....
Leipzig and Berlin, B.G. Teubner, 1909.
First edition of the first of two parts of Schröder’s Abriss, edited by E. Müller and published posthumously in 1909 and 1910. Committed to the reform and development of logic, Schröder debuted in this field with a fundamental revision of Boole’s logic of classes, which emphasized the notion of...
VINCENS, Jean Alexandre.
Nimes, France, 1783-1800.
A unique record of the financial transactions and business dealings of a leading Protestant family of bankers and merchants in Nîmes, in the south of France, prior to and during the French Revolution, covering the period between May 1783 and Fructidor year VIII i.e. 1800.
[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...
ACT OF UNION.] A coherent tract volume of ten pamphlets, for and against the Union, published in 1705-6.
The months leading up to the Act of Union in January 1707 were a time of heated debate in Scotland. Politicians, writers, the landed gentry, churchmen, and others joined in making their opinions known in tracts and speeches. To pressures from an England anxious to ensure a Protestant succession were...
ESSAY UPON MODERN GALLANTRY (AN).
Address’d to Men of Honour, Men of Pleasure, and Men of Sense. With a seasonable Admonition...
London: Printed for A. More … 1726.
Second edition, unrecorded, published in the same year as the first – apparently from the same setting of type with the title-page altered to add the edition statement.
Agricultural systems of middle Europe: a symposium.
New York, Macmillan, 1933
First edition. The countries discussed in this symposium are: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Roumania, and Yugoslavia. All of the papers included in this volume provide valuable insight into post-war agricultural economics, and all are written by former state ministers of...
[RENAZZI, Filippo Maria].
Analisi degli Elementi di Diritto Criminale.
Modena, con approvazione, 1788.
First edition thus, very rare. The writer of the preface discloses that this ‘picciol’ volume of Renazzi’s work was needed to make the concepts of his Elementa accessible to the layman, so that anyone could comfortably approach a complete and distinct idea of the work. It deserved being translated...
CAGNAZZI, Luca de Samuele.
Analisi dell’ economia privata e pubblica degli antichi relativamente a quella de’ moderni …
Naples, Società filomatica, 1830.
First edition. Cagnazzi (1764–1852) was originally a teacher of mathematics by profession, receiving a professorship at Naples in 1806. ‘His life was full of trouble; having been concerned in political intrigues, he had to flee from Naples and, after wandering, nearly always on foot, through Italy...
[An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding]. Extrait d’un Livre Anglois qui n’est pas encore publié, intitulé...
Amsterdam, Wolfgang, Waesbergi, Boom, & Van Someren, 1688.
A substantial and extremely influential extract, published two years before the appearance of the book, of Locke’s Essay concerning human understanding: a publication of major consequence in the history of philosophy. This issue of the Bibliothèque universelle et historique also contains at least...
Anglorum praelia, ab Anno Domini. 1327. anno nimirum primo inclytissimi Principis Eduardi eius nominis tertii,...
London, Henry Bynneman for Ralph Newbery, 1582.
First published in 1580, this is one of three closely similar 1582 editions of Ocland’s Anglorum proelia which add two works at the end: Ocland’s Eirēnarchia (a continuation of Anglorum proelia first published in 1582) and Alexander Neville’s account of the 1549 Norfolk rising, De furoribus Norfolciensium...
Anleiding tot de eerste beginselen der Groninger regts-kunde.
[Holland, mid-18th century].
A neat manuscript copy of an anonymous handbook on the rudiments of jurisprudence particular to Groningen, attributed to Paulus Laman (1663-1747). Having studied philosophy and law, Laman became an advocate, judge and burgomaster at Groningen. The Anleiding first appeared in print in 1738, published...
SAINT-PIERRE, Charles Irénée Castel de.
Annales politiques ... Premiere [-seconde] partie.
Londres [i.e. Paris?], 1758.
Second edition (following the first octavo edition of 1757) of a valuable contemporary history of the period 1658 to 1739, summarising political events in Europe and ‘containing original thought and, very often, the signs of good sense and consequently of a sober and impartial judgement’ (Palgrave).
[PRADT, Dominique Georges Frédéric de Riom de Prolhiac du Four de].
Antidote au Congrès de Rastadt, ou Plan d’un nouvel équilibre...
London [i.e. Hamburg], 1798.
First edition of the Abbé de Pradt’s first and most famous work. The entries for the present work in Barbier, Quérard and NUC (which gives a different pagination) all include ‘par l’auteur des “Considérations sur la France”’ in their transcription of the title-page. Our copy is completely...
Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute a mort, et pour les peres & escholliers, de la Societé de Iesus,...
First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous apology for Jean Châtel’s attempted assassination of Henri IV, described by the author as an ‘acte heroique’. Boucher (1548-1644) was prior and rector of the Sorbonne and an active member of the Catholic League who openly incited violent revolt against...
BALZAC, Jean-Louis Guez de.
Aristippus, or, Monsieur de Balsac’s Masterpiece, being a Discourse concerning the Court … Englished...
London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Nat. Eakins … and Tho. Johnson … 1659.
First edition in English of Aristippe (1657), a treatise on wisdom in political administration dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden, who was an admirer. Balzac was particularly reputed for the quality of his prose, seen as raising it to the same perfection as Malherbe did for French verse. ...
Asian Drama. An inquiry into the poverty of nations.
New York, Pantheon, 1968.
Third printing, published in the same year as the first edition, of this important study which took ten years to complete.