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. WARD, Bernardo.

    Proyecto economico, en que se proponen varias providencias, dirigidas á promover los intereses de España, con...

    Madrid, Joachin Ibarra, 1779.

    First edition. Despite McCulloch’s doubts that ‘anything approaching to a good treatise on Political Economy should have been published in Spain previously to its invasion by the French under Napoleon’ (pp. 31–2), Ward’s work has been described as ‘perhaps, the best digested and most methodical...

    £1500

  2. WEYLAND, John.

    Observations on Mr. Whitbread’s Poor Bill, and on the Population of England: intended as a supplement to A Short...

    London, J. Hatchard, 1807.

    First edition of each work. The barrister John Weyland (1774–1854) ‘was a well-to-do man whose landed possessions were extensive enough for him to be a magistrate in three counties, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey’ (James, p. 372). In 1807, he wrote two works supporting the poor laws, entitled...

    £2800

  3. WHEELER, John.

    A Treatise of Commerce, wherin are shewed the commodies [sic] arising by a wel ordered, and ruled trade, such as...

    Very rare first edition. With a long authorial presentation inscription on the initial blank to a fellow Merchant Adventurer:

    £15000

  4. WHITEHEAD, Alfred North.

    On mathematical concepts of the material world [in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of...

    London, Dulau & Co, 1906.


    First edition of one of the earliest of Whitehead’s works, the first attempt to tacke the question of the nature of the material world through the symbolism of formal logic.

    £1750

  5. WICKSTEED, Charles.

    The Land for the people: how to obtain it and how to manage it. Being an attempt to draw out the lines on which...

    London, William Reeves, 1885.

    First edition. Wicksteed (1810–1885), a Unitarian minister and father of the economist Phillip Wicksteed, was ‘an erudite and thoughtful man and a popular and important preacher’ (Oxford DNB). He is described on the title of the present work as ‘President of Kettering Liberal Association’....

    £100

  6. WIDUKIND, of Corvey.

    Rerum ab Henrico et Ottone I Impp. gestarum libri III.

    Basel, Johannes Hervagen, 1532. [bound with:]

    I. First edition of ‘one of the principal sources for Medieval history’ (Potthast), the Res gesta Saxonicae of Widukind (c. 925–973), a Saxon historian at the Benedictine Abbey of Corvey, his text edited and annotated by the Ulm reformer Martinus Frecht. ‘Unlike the earlier chroniclers, he did...

    £4250

  7. [WILLIAMS.]

    Bankers stopping Payment.

    A country bumpkin sits on a small wooden chair, facing a bank-counter inscribed Small Stock & Co. Three elderly men stand behind it registering gloomy apprehension; one leans on the counter, his hands raised above a cheque: Small Stock & Co. please pay to my charge £50.0.0 S. Simple. He says: I am sorry...

    £575

  8. WILLICH, Anthony Florian Madinger.

    Lectures on Diet and Regimen: being a systematic Inquiry into the most rational Means of preserving...

    London: Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees … 1799.

    Second edition, much revised and expanded, printed in the same year as the first: ‘Many important and useful articles have been added, especially in the fifth Chapter, “Of Food and Drink.”’ Willich’s very popular manual was based on a series of lecture given by the eminent physician at Bath...

    £375

  9. WOLZOGEN, Caroline von.

    Literarischer Nachlass. Erster [-Zweiter] Band.

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1848-9.

    First edition of this collection of the miscellaneous writings of Schiller’s sister-in-law, Caroline von Wolzogen (1763-1847).

    £300

  10. [YOUNG, Arthur].

    A Six Weeks Tour, through the Southern Counties of England and Wales. Describing, particularly, I. The present...

    London, W. Nicoll, 1768.

    First edition. ‘Young’s own estimate of this book is that it is one “in which for the first time, the facts and principles of Norfolk husbandry were laid before the public”, but important as these facts were ... the book is more valuable than Young would have us believe. It laid before the public...

    £1200

  11. ZUCKERKANDL, Robert.

    Die Währungsänderung in Britisch-Indien.

    [Vienna and Prague, F. Tempski, and Leipzig, G, Freytag, c. 1894]

    First edition of this rare paper, offprinted from Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft, Socialpolitik und Verwaltung, volume III, issue I, on the changes of the Indian currency against the silver and gold prices. From 1873 the value of the Rupee sank considerably, leading to the British government of India’s...

    £120

  12. DARMANSON, Jean Marie. La beste degradee en machine, divisé en deux discours par J.M. Darmanson.

    Amsterdam, printed for the author, 1691.

    First edition published with this title, Darmanson’s development of the Cartesian view on free will and immortal soul in animals which inspired Pierre Bayle’s arguments in the Dictionary entry ‘Rorarius’ on freedom and responsibility. Darmanson’s work was originally published as La beste transformée...

    £250