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. BAILEY, Samuel.

    Discourses on various subjects; read before literary and philosophical societies.

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852.

    First edition. Samuel Bailey (1791–1870), known as the ‘Hallamshire Bentham’, was the author of one of the most important treatises on the theory of value in the Ricardian period, A Critical Dissertation on the Nature, Measures, and Causes of Value (1825).

    £550

  2. 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. ...

    £750

  3. BARNES, Ralph M.

    ...

    Paris, Les Editions d’organisation, 1949.

    Third edition, first published in 1937.

    £100

  4. BARRINGTON, George.

    A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description of the Country, Manners, Customs, Religion, &c. of the Natives by...

    London: C. Lowndes for H.D. Symonds, [c. 1800 - 1802, A1 watermarked ‘1800’].

    First and only combined edition, second issue. George Barrington was a ‘genteel young Irishman known for his sartorial elegance, his command of the etiquette of romantic sensibility, and for his prowess at picking pockets’ (Garvey p. 2). Born George Waldron in 1758 in County Kildare, Ireland, he...

    £2250

  5. BAUDEAU, Nicolas, Abbé.

    Eclaircissements demandés à M. N**, sur les Principes Economiques, & sur ses projets de législation;...

    [Paris,] 1775.

    I: Rare first separate edition, first published in the Nouvelles Ephémérides, volume V, 1775, ‘extrait des nouvelles éphémérides économiques’ printed on verso of the cancel title. Daire considers this work to be the finest polemic of the Physiocratic school. Written following the publication...

    £3000

  6. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton Esq; and of his Foundation in Charter-House …

    London: Printed by E. Owen, and sold by F. Gyles … W. Hinchliffe … J. and P. Knapton … J. Stagg … and S. Birt … 1737.

    First edition. Thomas Sutton (1532-1611) was an Elizabethan civil servant who made an enormous fortune from leases of land rich in coal in Durham. In 1611 he bought Howard House for £13,000 from the Earl of Suffolk; the building acquired its more familiar name, ‘Charterhouse’, after the order of...

    £250

  7. BEARDÉ DE L’ABBAYE.

    Essays in agriculture: or, a variety of useful hints, for its improvement, with respect to air, water, earth,...

    London, T. Carnan, 1776

    First and only edition in English. Little is known of Beardé; born at the beginning of the eighteenth century, he won the 1766 prize offered by the Agricultural Society of Saint Petersburg with his Essay in answer to the question ‘Est-il plus avantageux à un état que le paysan possède en propre...

    £380

  8. BECKER, Gary S.

    Economic theory.

    New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1971.

    First edition, the text of Becker’s lectures during the year 1967-68, produced from recordings. ‘For more than a decade I gave a course on price theory to first year graduate students at Columbia. The course tries to present a rigorous and systematic statement of the principles economists have developed...

    £120

  9. [BEER, Johann Christoph.]

    Kurtzer Entwurff dess Lebens der Könige in Engelland von der Zeit an als die Sachsen und Angeln sich...

    Nuremberg, Johann Hoffmann, 1676.

    Second, corrected and improved, edition (first 1671) of this attractive German survey of English kings and queens. After describing the rulers in the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England (Wessex, Sussex, Essex, Kent, East Anglia, Northumbria, and Mercia), Beer discusses the kings from Egbert to Harold...

    £500

  10. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni, (first, 1750) – the first edition to include the author’s considerations on ‘imaginary money’ (pp. 135-154) – of a work notable for its argument in favour of restrictions on the export of money by the Vatican banker Girolamo Belloni (1688–1760)....

    £300

  11. BENEZET, Anthony.

    Some historical account of Guinea, its situation, produce, and the general disposition of its inhabitants. With...

    Philadelphia printed 1771; London, re-printed and sold by W. Owen and E. and C. Dilly, 1772.

    First London edition of this highly influential work by the Quaker abolitionist Benezet (1713-84), which famously convinced Thomas Clarkson to begin his fight against slavery. ‘Benezet’s abolitionist circle of correspondents included Benjamin Franklin, Abbé Raynal, Granville Sharp, John Wesley,...

    £550

  12. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    “Swear not at all:” containing an Exposure of the Needlessness and Mischievousness, as well as Antichristianity,...

    London, R. Hunter, 1817.

    First published edition, originally printed in 1813 and ‘written to expose the mischief arising from the laws relating to the administration of oaths’ (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: his life and work, p. 173). ‘In some cases, so he declared, the Promissory Oath prevented a man from doing what he knew...

    £550

  13. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to Special Juries, particularly in cases of libel law.

    London, Effingham Wilson, 1821.

    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham’s criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law’s injustice had recently been made obvious in a series...

    £900

  14. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism, with Reasons for each Article. With an Introduction,...

    London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed and Re-published, with Notes and Alterations, by Permission of the Author, by T. J. Wooler … 1818.

    First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint of Bentham’s Plan of Parliamentary Reform (1817), the style adapted by Thomas Wooler, with Bentham’s permission, to ‘render it more easy of comprehension to the popular reader’. In this form it first appeared in instalments in Wooler’s radical...

    £225

  15. BENTHAM, Jeremy. SALAS Y CORTES, Ramón, translator.

    Tratados de legislación civil y penal, obra extractada de los manuscritos...

    Madrid, Fermín Villalpando, 1821-1822.

    First edition: rare. A collection of Jeremy Bentham’s penal writings, translated from the second French edition of 1820, with an additional commentary, by the Spanish jurist and rector of Salamanca University, Salas y Cortés (1753-1837). This collection was first prepared and published in French by...

    £3750

  16. BENTHAM, William, barrister and numismatist.

    Autograph letter to the bookseller Lackington.

    Upper Gower Street [London], 25 August 1819.

    Writing in the third person, Bentham requests that he be sent the ‘Supplemt of Mr Ruding’s Coins intended for the purchasers of the quarto edn’. Rogers Ruding (1751-1820) published his Annals of the Coinage, a chronological account of English coinage, in four quarto volumes in 1817. It sold out...

    £100

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. BERNOULLI, Daniel.

    Q.D.B.V. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico tabularum baptismalium, matrimonialium et amortualium quod favente...

    Basel, J.H. Decker, 1771.

    First edition of Daniel Bernoulli’s doctoral thesis, a pioneering text on the medical applications of mathematical and statistical data. Bernoulli (Daniel junior) shows the potential use of demographic data from baptism, marriage and death records in physiology, pathology, semiology, hygiene, dietetics,...

    £1650

  20. BERRYAT, Jean, et al., editors.

    Receuil de Mémoires, ou Collection de Pièces Académiques, concernant la Médicine, l’Anatomie...

    Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and Liège, F. Desventes, F. Fournier, et al., 1754-86.

    The scarce first collected edition of these scientific papers from all over Europe (lacking only the last five volumes of the Partie Française), including among its contributors such famous names as Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Hevelius, De La Hire, Mariotte, Réaumur, La Condamine, Haller, Maupertuis, Boyle,...

    £6000