Human Sciences

Contact Edmund Brumfitt, Jonathan Harrison, Alfred Pasternack or Barbara Scalvini

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. ALLEN, Willam.

    Picturesque views on the River Niger, sketched...

    London, John Murray, Hodgson & Graves,...

    First edition, one of a very few copies...

    £5750

  2. ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.

    Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre...

    Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del...

    Rare second edition, after the first of...

    £200

  3. ANTWERP, William C. van.

    The Stock Exchange from Within. Illustrated...

    New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913.

    First edition of this historical account...

    £50

  4. [ARITHMETIC.]

    Libretto di abbaco per istruzione de’...

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


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

    £240

  5. ATLANTICUS, pseud.

    Ein Blick in den Zukunftsstaat. Produktion...

    Stuttgart, J. H. W. Dietz, 1898.

    First edition of this utopian discourse...

    £100

  6. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

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

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

    £650

  7. [BANK OF SCOTLAND.]

    Act of Parliament for erecting a bank in...

    Edinburgh, printed by the heirs and successors...

    Very rare edition of the Act of Parliament...

    £750

  8. BEARDÉ DE L’ABBAYE.

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

    London, T. Carnan, 1776

    First and only edition in English. Little...

    £380

  9. BELLEGARDE, J.

    B. Morvan de. Reflexions sur ce qui peut...

    Amsterdam, Héritiers d’Antoine Schelte,...

    Second, corrected edition of this philosophical...

    £200

  10. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni,...

    £300

  11. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Defence of Usury, shewing the Impolicy...

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

    Fourth edition of Bentham’s criticism...

    £250

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. BLANQUI, Jérôme Adolphe, l’Ainé.

    Histoire de l’économie politique en...

    Paris, Guillaumin, 1837.

    First edition of ‘the first major history...

    £300

  15. BODEMER, Heinrich.

    Die Wirkungen der Creditpapiere in Bezug...

    Leipzig, Heinrich Hubner, 1853.

    First edition of a rare German treatise...

    £185

  16. BOURGOING, Jean François, Baron de.

    Tableau de l’Espagne moderne . . . seconde...

    Paris, for the author, Du Pont, Devaux...

    Second edition, considerably expanded with...

    £1400

  17. 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

  18. CAGNAZZI, Luca de Samuele.

    Analisi dell’ economia privata e pubblica...

    Naples, Società filomatica, 1830.

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

    £500

  19. CAIROL, M. de.

    Réflexions historiques et politiques,...

    Amsterdam and Toulouse, Joseph Robert, 1786.

    Very rare essay on the state of agriculture...

    £450

  20. CALVERT, William John.

    The demand for labour is wealth … Supplement...

    Newark, M. Hage and London, Longman … 1822.

    Very rare first edition of Calvert’s...

    £500