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. WILKS, Mark.

    Athaliah; or the tocsin sounded by modern alarmists: two collection sermons, towards defraying the expense of the...

    Norwich, J. March, 1795.

    Only edition of these two sermons preached by the Norwich Methodist-turned-Baptist Mark Wilks (1748-1819) to raise money for the three radical publishers and writers newly acquitted of high treason. The climate as it now is, Wilks says, is one where even to use a French phrase is to invite suspicion,...

    £300

  2. [WILLIAMS, David.]

    Lessons to a young prince, by an old statesman, on the present disposition in Europe to a general revolution....

    Dublin, William Jones, 1791.

    First Dublin edition of this popular introduction to practical political philosophy by the Welsh polemicist, educationalist, and philosopher David Williams (1738–1816).

    £275

  3. [WILLIAMS, John.]

    The History of the Gunpowder-Treason, collected from approved Authors, as well popish as protestant.

    London, Richard Chiswel, 1678.

    First edition of an anti-popish history of the Gunpowder Plot. A well informed account drawing on both Anglican and Catholic sources, The History of the Gunpowder-Treason was published anonymously by John Williams (1633/6–1709), later Bishop of Chichester, amid renewed interest in the subject during...

    £750

  4. 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

  5. [WINE – TRADE CATALOGUE].

    Ditta G. Bellavita. Macchinario, attrezzi e prodotti per: produttori e negozianti vini, fabbriche liquori,...

    Milano, Arti grafiche Stella, 1926.

    A rare survival, especially in such good condition, of a trade catalogue of machinery, chemicals and a wide range of products for wine, spirits and beer makers and merchants, including pubs and wine shops. Each item is illustrated and accompanied by specifics and prices; the newly introduced machinery...

    £200

  6. WINTERBOTHAM, William.

    The commemoration of national deliverances, and the dawning day: two sermons, preached November 5th and...

    London, Printed for Wm. Winterbotham, 1794.

    First edition of the two sermons that resulted in the Baptist minister William Winterbotham’s imprisonment for sedition, preached in Plymouth in 1792. The first, a commemoration both of the Gunpowder Plot and of the Glorious Revolution, was perceived as being rather too enthusiastic about the other...

    £350

  7. WITTFOGEL, Karl August.

    Die Wissenschaft der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft. Eine marxisatische Untersuchung.

    Berlin, Malik, [1922].

    First edition of this Marxist analysis of science and education in the bourgeois society, including a prospect of the situation under the dictatorship of the proletariat. This determined radical book was published as volume 8 of the Leine revolutionäre Bibliothek and is based on lectures the 25-year-old...

    £180

  8. 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

  9. [WOMEN-PEARLS].

    De Vrouwen-Peirle, ofte dryvoudige historie van Helena de Verduldige, Griseldis de Zagtmoedige, en Florentina de...

    Ghent, J. Begyn, [1780-1810].

    An attractive copy of the ‘Women-pearls’, a Flemish chapbook portraying three remarkable women and their marvellous stories derived from Medieval romances. It went through numerous and mostly undated editions, alluring readers with the added, winning visual appeal of naïve-style woodcuts and archaic...

    £550

  10. WOOLER, Thomas.

    An appeal to the citizens of London against the alledged lawful mode of packing special juries.

    London, T.J. Wooler, 1817.

    First edition of this attack on the practice of packing special juries, especially for libel trials, by the satirist and legal writer Thomas Wooler, drawing many of the arguments employed by Bentham in The elements of the art of packing, a copy of which, according to Bentham’s letters,...

    £165

  11. WOOLMAN, John.

    Serious considerations on various subjects of importance. By John Woolman, of Mount Holly, in the Jerseys, North...

    London, Mary Hinde, 1773.

    First edition (quire B beginning on p. 7) of this collection of works by John Woolman (1720-1772), the Quaker minister and anti-slavery campaigner, comprising his ‘Considerations on the true harmony of mankind, and how it is to be maintained’, ‘An epistle to the quarterly and monthly meetings of...

    £200

  12. WYVILL, Christopher, Rev.

    A more extended Discussion in favour of liberty of conscience. The second edition.

    London, J. Johnson, 1808.

    Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the ongoing question of Catholic Emancipation in the wake of the Act of Union between England and Ireland in 1800. Wyvill (1740-1822) was a Scottish-born Yorkshire landowner who advocated universal tolerance.

    £150

  13. WYVILL, Rev. Christopher.

    A Defence of Dr. Price, and the reformers of England.

    [York], W. Blanchard for J. Johnson and J. Stockdale, London, and York, J. Todd, 1792.

    First edition of this moderate radical pamphlet arguing for the legitimate rejoicing of English liberals in both the French Revolution and the success of the American Republic, without their possessing any invidious feeling towards the English constitution: for evidently the Bourbon monarchy was...

    £250

  14. WYVILL, Rev. Christopher

    A letter to the Right Hon. William Pitt …

    York, J. Johnson, [1793].

    First edition of this open letter by the York reformer Christopher Wyvill to Pitt, arguing against the prosecution of the war against revolutionary France, which Wyvill saw as both unwarranted and sufficiently expensive as to cause material hardship in Yorkshire. Wyvill was in any case disappointed...

    £250

  15. ZAPPI, Giambattista and Faustina.

    Rime di Giambattista Felice Zappi e di Faustina Maratti sua consorte.

    Nice, Società Tipog. 1781.

    Uncommon Nice printing of the collected poetry of one of the most prominent literary couples of early 18th century Rome, Faustina Maratti (1679–1745) and her husband Giambattista Zappi (1667–1719). First published after Zappi’s death in 1723, the collection consists of 73 poems by Zappi and 38...

    £200

  16. [ZATTA, Antonio].

    Il filosofo del nord, ovvero Corso di morale filosofia.

    Londra [i.e. Venice, Zatta], 1788.

    First edition under this title of this course of moral philosophy, broadly construed, where the author attempts to invoke the authority of the “philosophers of the North” (inter alia Hobbes, Bacon, Clark, Addison on one side of the English Channel, Bayle, Pascal, La Mettrie, Grotius and Formey...

    £725

  17. ZECH, Franz Xaver.

    Hierarchia ecclesiastica, ad Germaniae Catholicae principia et usum delineata.

    Ingolstadt, Schleig, 1750.

    First edition of a comprehensive exposition of the prerogatives, duties, jurisdiction, authority and responsibilities of the secular and regular German Catholic clergy. Forty tituli set out the legal profiles and relative hierarchy of pope, patriarchs, cardinals, envoys, bishops, canons, members of religious...

    £175

  18. 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

  19. 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