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. CAMPOMANES, Pedro Rodriguez (Antonio Conca y Alcaraz, translator).

    Trattato della regalia d’ammortizzazione, nel quale si dimostra,...

    Parma, Filippo Carmignani, 1767.

    First Italian translation of this influential treatise on the property rights of the Church and the state in Spain by the Spanish philosopher, economist, and historian Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes (1723-1803).


  2. CARAVADOSSI, Enrico.

    La moderna filosofia convinta d’inganno nelle sue promesse di felicità libertà ed uguaglianza ragionamenti...

    Turin, Giammichele Brioio, 1793.

    First and seemingly only edition of this attack on the false promises of the philosophes, by the Torinese Dominican friar Enrico Caravadossi.


  3. CARD, Henry.

    Literary Recreations …

    London: Printed by W. Wilson … for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme … 1809.

    First edition of a scarce collection of miscellaneous essays on such topics as ‘the Condition and Character of Women in different Countries and Ages’ (pp. 51-118), the ‘Rapid Growth of Methodism’ (pp. 131-187), and ‘Bastards’ (pp. 199-227).



    Les sarrazins chassez de France. Poëme heroïque ...

    Paris, chez Claude Barbin, 1667.

    Rare first edition of this poetic account of the expulsion of the Saracens from France by Childebrand I (c. 678 – 751), written by Jacques Carel de Sainte Garde (1620 – 1684), almoner and counsellor to Louis XIV. Prefaced by a short treatise on versification in heroic poetry, the poem runs...


  5. CAREY, Henry Charles.

    Principles of social science.

    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.

    First edition, a very attractive copy, of Carey’s principal work. ‘His treatment of social science was original, and led him to a series of supposed discoveries, the order of which he has stated in the introduction of his most important work The Principles of Social Science. His point of departure...


  6. [CARLILE.]

    The Medusa; or penny politician. No. 40, Vol 1.

    London, Davison, 20 November 1819.

    Single issue of a very rare radical periodical, containing articles objecting to the imprisonment of Richard Carlile, and a letter by Henry Hunt on the Peterloo Massacre.


  7. CARLILE, Richard.

    The Life of Thomas Paine, written purposely to bind with his writings.

    London, M. A. Carlile, 1820.

    First edition, written by Carlile (1790-1843) during his incarceration in Dorchester prison. ‘His greatest contribution to the radical cause, and the most momentous, was his republishing of the writings of Tom Paine, which he did serially in the Weekly, individually as cheap pamphlets, and also...


  8. CARLILE, Richard.

    A Sketch of the public life and the last trial of Mr Carlile.

    London, James Watson, [c. 1831].

    First edition, rare. In late 1830, Carlile was indicted for writing in support of the Swing disturbances in his journal The Prompter. In January 1831 he appeared at the Old Bailey on charges of seditious libel and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined £200.


  9. CARLILE, Robert.

    New Year’s address to the reformers of Great Britain …

    [London, M. A. Carlile, n.d. but 1821].

    First edition, rare, written from Dorchester Gaol and published by Carlile’s sister Mary-Anne, who continued the London business after Carlile’s imprisonment in November 1819, until the seizure of the stock forced its closure. For the publication of this New Year’s Address, Mary-Anne...


  10. CARNAP, Rudolf.

    1959 & 1962.

    The first photograph shows Carnap and his wife outside their house and is signed and, in another hand, dated 1959 as having been taken in Santa Monica. The second photograph is of Carnap and is dated 1960, signed and inscribed “Der lieben Erna, in alter Freundschaft”. This refers to Erna Lowenberg...


  11. [CAROLINE of Brunswick, Queen.]

    The Trial at large of Her Majesty Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain, in the House...

    London, William Clowes for T. Kelly, 1821.

    First edition of the trial of Queen Caroline. Defended by Henry Brougham and Thomas Denman against allegations presented to the House of Lords on behalf of George IV, Queen Caroline’s cause proved enormously popular; though the bill of pains and penalties, intended to end the King’s marriage and...


  12. CARON, Jean-Charles-Félix.

    Compendium institutionum philosophiae, in quo de rhetorica et philosophia, tractatur. Ad usum candidatorum...

    Paris, N. M. Tilliard, 1770.

    Very uncommon guide, by the Parisian surgeon Jean-Charles-Félix Caron, to the philosophy student in the University of Paris needs to know in order to graduate first as bachelor and then as master of arts in the university. The work is essentially a kind of bluffer’s guide: “there are people who,...


  13. CARTWRIGHT, John.

    England’s Aegis; or, the military Energies of the Empire ...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1804.

    First edition, scarce, by the gentleman reformer and former naval officer John Cartwright. ‘Ever the patriot, when Britain was facing possible French invasion he took up a passionate advocacy of the utility of the pike and the creation of an Anglo-Saxon-type militia in his … England’s...


  14. [CATHERINE II, Empress of Russia].

    Le Czarewitz Chlore. Conte Moral. De main impériale & de maitresse.

    Berlin, Fréderic Nicolaï, Lausanne, François Grasset, 1782.

    First edition, very rare, of a speculum principis of the Enlightenment, by one of the time’s most enlightened monarchs. Le Czarewitz Chlore is a moral tale written by Catherine II of Russia for her two grandsons, the future Alexander I and his younger brother Constantine, while their father and mother,...


  15. [CAVALLERI, Paolo Agostino].

    Lettera dall’Adriatico del signor Antonio Bianchi sopra l’opera del sig. Abate D. Nicola Spedalieri.

    Rome, Giovanni Zempel, 1792.

    First edition, uncommon, of this counter-revolutionary polemic written in response to Spedalieri’s I diritti dell’uomo of the previous year and attributed to the Barnabite Paolo Agostino Cavalleri (1742-1803). Spedalieri had attempted a Catholic response to the revolutionary ideas of the rights of...


  16. CHAGALL, Marc, and Marcel ARLAND.

    Maternité. Récit orné de cinq gravures hors texte de Marc Chagall.

    Paris, Au Sans Pareil, 1926.

    An exceptionally fine hors commerce copy of the first book published with a series of original images by Chagall. His early, fine etchings interpreting ‘La Honte’, ‘La Naissance’, ‘La Rixe’, ‘Couple au lit’ and ‘La Visite par la fenêtre’ transform the artifact: they constitute...


  17. [CHARLES I.]

    The Trial of Charles Stuart, King of England, before the High Court of Justice, for High Treason; 24 Charles I. A.D....

    [London, T.C. Hansard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, … and T.C. Hansard, 1816.]

    Extract from the State Trials, comprising the trial of Charles I for High Treason. The text contains a full transcript of the trial and an account of the preparation for and execution of the sentence of regicide.


  18. CHARLES, King of Sweden and Norway, or OSCAR I (attrib. authors), and Friedrich Ernst FELLER (translator).

    Ueber die Banken. (Von einem schwedischen Fürsten). Deutsch von F....

    Leipzig, Goetz, 1843.

    First edition thus, scarce, of a treatise on banks, banking and money in Sweden in the crucial years from 1800 to 1842, probably a translation of Om banker; skrift meddelad i Conseljen den 15 augusti 1842, attributed to Karl XIV Johan by Linnström, Svenskt boklexikon. Humpert’s...


  19. CHARLETON, Walter.

    Two Discourses. I. Concerning the different Wits of Men: written at the Request of a Gentleman eminent in Virtue,...

    London, Printed by R. W. for William Whitwood … 1669.

    First edition, the rare first issue. The work is usually found with a cancel title-page on which the titles of the discourses are abridged and mention of the Royal Society is omitted (possibly because only the second tract was so delivered).


  20. CHEVRET, Jean.

    Épitre a l’humanité et a la patrie en particulier, sur le bon ordre & l’idée de la véritable liberté. Suivie...

    [Paris?], au temple de la vérité, 1789.

    A good copy of this rare essay on the workings of society and the conditions required for human flourishing, by the controversialist and librarian Jean Chevret (1747-1820). After a brief letter addressed to humanity in general and France (even, perhaps, Chevret’s own home town of Meulan) in particular,...