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. ABEILLE, Louis Paul.

    Principes sur la liberté du commerce des...

    Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.

    First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector...

    £650

  2. ALEXANDER, Thomas.

    Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’,...

    Blairlogie, Scotland, 1829.

    A very attractive set of sample accounts...

    £550

  3. ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.

    Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre...

    Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del...

    First published in 1833. This analysis...

    £450

  4. AMOROSO, Luigi.

    Principii di economia corporativa.

    Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli, 1938.

    First edition. A mathematician by training,...

    £100

  5. [ANDRE, Pierre, fils d’un bon laboreur].

    L’ami du peuple Français, ou mémoire...

    Limoges, [n.p.], 1776.

    First edition thus, rare, of an attack...

    £2750

  6. [ARITHMETIC.]

    Libretto di abbaco per istruzione de’...

    Roma, Si vende da Pietro Aureli alla Catena...


    Unrecorded issue of a printed ‘abacus’,...

    £240

  7. BAILEY, Samuel.

    Discourses on various subjects; read before...

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

    First edition. Samuel Bailey (1791–1870),...

    £550

  8. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

    Hopedale and New York, by the author and...

    First edition. Adin Ballou (1803-90), Universalist...

    £650

  9. BARNES, Ralph M.

    Étude des mouvements et des temps... troisème...

    Paris, Les Editions d’organisation, 1949.

    Third edition, first published in 1937.

    £100

  10. BEARDÉ DE L’ABBAYE.

    Essays in agriculture: or, a variety of...

    London, T. Carnan, 1776

    First and only edition in English. Little...

    £380

  11. BECKER, Gary S.

    Economic theory.

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

    First edition, the text of Becker’s lectures...

    £120

  12. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni,...

    £300

  13. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Defence of Usury, shewing the Impolicy...

    London, J. McCreery for Payne & Foss, 1818.

    Fourth edition of Bentham’s criticism...

    £250

  14. 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...

    £100

  15. BEVERIDGE, William Henry.

    Full employment in a free society: a report ...

    London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, [1944].

    First edition of the second report by the...

    £250

  16. BLANQUI, Jérôme Adolphe, l’Ainé.

    Histoire de l’économie politique en...

    Paris, Guillaumin, 1837.

    First edition of ‘the first major history...

    £300

  17. BOTERO, Giovanni.

    Della ragione di stato, libri dieci. Con...

    The second Gioliti edition of Botero’s...

    £2200

  18. BROUGHAM, Lord Henry.

    Lives of men of letters and science who...

    London, Charles Knight and Co., 1845-47.

    First edition of the first volume (1845),...

    £250

  19. CAGNAZZI, Luca de Samuele.

    Analisi dell’ economia privata e pubblica...

    Naples, Società filomatica, 1830.

    First edition. Cagnazzi (1764–1852) was...

    £500

  20. [CAMPOMANES, Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de].

    Discurso sobre el Fomento de la Industria...

    Madrid, D. Antonio de Sancha, 1774.

    First edition; preceding the complementary...

    £400