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. [WILKES, John.]

    The North Briton [– the third Volume of the North Briton].

    Dublin, [s.n.,] 1764 [– 1765].

    Fourth Dublin edition, printed the year after the first, of Wilkes’s satirical periodical. Established in June 1762 to criticise the government of George III’s new Prime Minister, Lord Bute (for whom the work is named), the North Briton had soon reached a circulation of almost two thousand....

    £400

  2. WILKES, John.

    The History of England from the Revolution to the accession of the Brunswick line. Vol. I.

    London, J. Almon, 1768.

    First edition of this Wilkes fragment, the introduction only of an unfinished work; the leaf of advertisements present here promises ‘the reigns of King William and Queen Anne are in the press and will speedily be published’.

    £250

  3. [WILKES, John.]

    An Authentick account of the proceedings against John Wilkes, Esq; … containing all the papers relative to this...

    London, J. Williams and J. Burd. [1763.]

    First edition, quickly re-printed in Boston and Philadelphia.

    £200

  4. [WILKES, John.] [ALMON, John.]

    A Postscript to the letter, on libels, warrants, &c. In answer to a postcript [sic] in the...

    London, J. Almon, 1765.

    First edition, likely the first of four issues in 1765, this with the error in both pagination and the title. This Postscript to John Wilkes’s Letter concerning libels of the same year and Charles Lloyd’s Defence of the majority (1764) is often attributed to Almon, who...

    £50

  5. [WILKES, John.] [CRADOCK, Joseph.]

    The Life of John Wilkes, Esq; in the manner of Plutarch. Being a specimen of a larger work....

    London, J. Wilkie, 1773.

    Second edition of a satirical ‘biography’ of Wilkes, published in the same year as the first; Cradock, whose windows had been broken by a Wilkite mob earlier in the year, ironically praises Wilkes’s many remarkable achievements.

    £250

  6. WILKES, John and John Horne TOOKE.

    The controversial Letters of John Wilkes … John Horne, and their principal adherents,...

    London, Sherlock for Williams, 1771.

    First and only edition thus. Letters charting the friendship and quarrels of John Wilkes (1725–1797) and John Horne Tooke (1736–1812). Tooke was a member of the Society of Supporters of the Bill of Rights, which existed to pay of Wilkes’s debts in the name of the radical cause, but he later...

    £150

  7. WILKINSON, George Theodore.

    An authentic history of the Cato-Street conspiracy; with the trials at large of the conspirators, for...

    London: Thomas Kelly, [1820].

    First edition of the first thorough account of the Cato Street conspiracy, a plot to assassinate the prime minister and his cabinet, and to install a new revolutionary government. Written by the editor of the New Newgate Calendar Improved, the reports follow the sensationalised approach...

    £325

  8. 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

  9. [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

  10. [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

  11. 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

  12. [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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. [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

  16. 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

  17. WOOLRYCH, Humphry W.

    Memoirs of the Life of Judge Jeffreys, sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.

    London, A.J. Valpy for Henry Colburn, 1827.

    First edition of a favourable biography of Judge Jeffreys. A jurist, Humphry William Woolrych (1795–1871) published a life of Edward Coke in 1826 and of Jeffreys the following year, as well as legal texts, a few works of poetry, and a novel. The unrepentant style of this near-hagiography causes...

    £145

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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