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. VALLE, Rolando della.

    Tractatus non minus utilissimus quam necessarius de inventarii confectione.

    Venice, Giovanni Battista Somaschi, 1573 (printed in 1572, dated in the colophon).

    Very rare first edition of the successful Tractatus of the statesman and jurist Rolando della Valle. It is the first work to systematically treat the procedure for the drawing of organized lists or inventories to be used in the practice of inheritance law.

    £500

  2. VASCO, Giovanni Battista.

    Della moneta.

    Milan, Galeazzi, 1772.

    Very scarce first edition of a ground-breaking work remarkable for its use of mathematical models and for its proposal of a legal tender to which all other currencies should be linked.

    £6000

  3. [VAUGHAN, Benjamin].

    Nouveaux & anciens principes du commerce comparés, ou Traité sur les principes du commerce entre les nations;...

    London, Galabin, 1789.

    First French translation of New and old principles of trade compared (1788) by the political reformer and close friend of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Vaughan. Vaughan’s text ‘displayed a thorough familiarity with both French and Scottish sources on commercial theory and policy, and advocated (among...

    £250

  4. VENUSTI, Antonio Maria.

    Compendio utilissimo di quelle cose, le quali a nobili e christiani mercanti appartengono.

    Milan, Giovan Antonio degli Antonij, 1561.

    First edition, containing Discorso d’intorno alla Mercantia and Trattato del Cambio di Lione o di Bisenzone and Trattato de’ Cambi, and including the Italian translation of Saravia de la Calle’s Institutione de’ Mercanti.

    £1750

  5. [VERGANI, Paolo.]

    Della importanza e dei pregi del nuovo sistema di finanza dello Stato Pontificio.

    [N.p, n.p.,] 1794.

    Scarce first edition of this important work on the economy of the Papal States, by the philosopher and political economist Paolo Vergani (1753-1820).

    £350

  6. VERTOGRADOV.

    За антиимпериалистическую солидарность, мир и прогресс! [For...

    Moscow, Izdatelstvo Plakat, 1975.

    A dramatic manifestation of the Soviet Union’s claim to be the foremost enemy of imperialism, and a vehement supporter of independence movements throughout the third world, as demonstrated here by the traditional dress of some of the figures in the background.

    £250

  7. VINCENS, Jean Alexandre.

    Account book.

    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.

    £4250

  8. [VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].

    Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....

    [Paris, n.p.,] 1762.

    First edition, a nice copy. ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...

    £250

  9. [WADE, John.]

    The Black Book; or corruption unmasked! …

    London, John Fairburn, 1820.

    First edition of Wade’s infamous Black Book, the ‘bible’ of the English Reform movement, ‘a massive compendium of all the abuses, electoral, ecclesiastical, legal, which they sought to abolish. It was first published in 1820 and passed through edition after edition, continually...

    £400

  10. WAGNER, Adolph.

    Die russische Papierwährung. Eine volkwirthschaftliche und finanzpolitische Studie, nebst Vorschlägen zur Herstellung...

    Riga, N. Kymmel, 1868.

    First edition in book form: the work first appeared in the Baltische Monatschrift 1867–8; a Russian translation by Bunge, later minister of finance, was published in Kiev in 1871.

    £50

  11. WALFORD, L[ucy] B[ethia].

    The Mischief of Monica … in three Volumes …

    London, Longmans, Green, & Co. … 1891.

    First edition. Born in Edinburgh in 1845, Walford began writing secretly soon after her marriage, contributing stories to Blackwood’s and other periodicals. Her family voiced serious disapproval upon the publication of her first novel, Mr Smith: A Part of his Life, in 1874; it was, however,...

    £425

  12. [WALKER, Clement.]

    The High Court of Justice. Or Cromwells new slaughter-house in England … being the III. part of the History...

    [London,] 1651.

    First edition. Walker’s History of Independency was published in three parts from 1648, after the second of which he was arrested on charges of treason and committed to the Tower, where he dies in 1651 having never been brought to trial.

    £150

  13. WALKER, Francis Amasa.

    Discussions in Economics and Statistics.

    New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1899.

    First edition of this collection edited by Professor Dewey of more than fifty articles by Francis Amasa Walker, some published here for the first time, classified under the heads of Statistics, National Growth, Social Economics, Finance and Taxation, Money and Bimetallism, and Economy Theory.

    £500

  14. [WALKER.] MUNROE, James Phinney.

    A Life of Francis Amasa Walker.

    New York, Henry Holt & Company, 1923.

    First edition. Francis Amasa Walker (1799–1875), son of a blacksmith, was one of the leading propounder of free-trade. ‘He devoted himself primarily to politics and education. He served in the legislature as secretary to the State of Massachusetts. His opposition to slavery was such that he co-operated...

    £90

  15. WALLON, Henri Alexandre.

    ...

    Paris, Dezobry, e. Magdeleine et c.ie, 1847.

    First edition, presentation copy from the author. The introduction to Wallon’s fundamental History of slavery, published separately and included in the History from the second edition onwards.

    £100

  16. [WALPOLE, Robert].

    Some general considerations concerning the alteration and improvement of publick revenues.

    London, J. Roberts, 1733.

    First edition of Walpole’s anonymous, persuasive defence of an excise to be levied by the government on tobacco and wines. Walpole urges calm in response to what he considers perfectly reasonable measures for the increase of public funds. Corrupt merchants were aghast at the threat of warehouse inspections,...

    £150

  17. WALRAS, Léon.

    Études d’économie sociale (Théorie de la Répartition de la Richesse sociale).

    Lausanne and Paris, Rouge and Pichon & Durand-Auzias, 1936.

    This, the second, definitive edition differs from the first (1896) in containing the ‘Souvenirs du Congrès de Lausanne’. The congress on taxation in Lausanne in 1860, at which Walras read a paper, was a climacteric in his career. In the audience was Louis Ruchonnet, who later became chief of the...

    £100

  18. WALRAS, Léon.

    Théorie critique de l’impot …

    Paris, Guillaumin et Cie, 1861.

    First and only edition of Walras’ second published book on economics and an important early testimonial to his profound admiration for, and intellectual identification with, his father. In the lengthy preface, he reviews the ideas contained in the works of Auguste Walras, including the concept of ‘rarety’...

    £5750

  19. 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...

    £350

  20. WENTWORTH, Thomas, Earl of Strafford.

    A Briefe and perfect relation of the answeres and replies of Thomas Earle of Strafford;...

    London, 1647.

    One of at least two editions/settings – the first printing of the trial of the Earl of Strafford as taken down in short-hand, possibly by Strafford’s secretary Guilford Slingsby (see Maaija Janson, ed., Proceedings in the opening session of the Long Parliament, 2000). There is...

    £250