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 grains.

    Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.

    First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector of manufactures and later secretary of the bureau of commerce, was initially an early supporter of Quesnay and an ardent Physiocrat for many years. He pleads here for free trade in corn, arguing that this would lead to increased production, increased revenue...

    £650

  2. ALEXANDER, Thomas.

    Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’, ‘Journals’, ‘Waste Book’).

    Blairlogie, Scotland, 1829.

    A very attractive set of sample accounts compiled by the young Scottish draper Thomas Alexander of Blairlogie in Stirling, Scotland, in 1829, as part of his mercantile training. Thomas was born in 1812, the eldest son of a Blairlogie portioner (also called Thomas); he would therefore have been 17 years...

    £550

  3. ALVAREZ DE ARENALES, Jose.

    Noticias historicas y descriptivas sobre el gran pais del Chaco y Rio Bermejo; con observaciones relativas...

    Montevideo, [Imprenta del Comercio del Plata], 1850.

    Rare second edition, after the first of 1833, of this analysis of the Chaco and Rio Bermejo regions of Paraguay, divided into three sections. The first covers the geography, population and natural history of the area, the second relates the conquest of Paraguay and Peru, containing extracts from various...

    £200

  4. AMOROSO, Luigi.

    Principii di economia corporativa.

    Bologna, Nicola Zanichelli, 1938.

    First edition. A mathematician by training, Amoroso (1886–1965) was inspired by Pareto to develop the relationship between pure economics and classical mechanics. ‘He also saw analogies between Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and economic phenomena’ (The New Palgrave).

    £100

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

    L’ami du peuple Français, ou mémoire adressé à M. Turgot, contrôleur...

    Limoges, [n.p.], 1776.

    First edition thus, rare, of an attack on the French tax system published on the eve of Turgot’s demise. Set out as a narrative, this work outlines the family history of the author as a tale of hard work, of strife against the injustice and abuse of tax collectors, progressive failure to meet impossible...

    £2750

  6. ANTWERP, William C. van.

    The Stock Exchange from Within. Illustrated from photographs.

    New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913.

    First edition of this historical account of the New York Stock Exchange.

    £50

  7. [ARITHMETIC.]

    Libretto di abbaco per istruzione de’ fanciulli. Di nuovo rivisto, e corretto, con aggiunta di alcune regole.

    Roma, Si vende da Pietro Aureli alla Catena della Sapienza num. 24, 1817.


    Unrecorded issue of a printed ‘abacus’, a short textbook of practical arithmetic, intended for the education of children. The booklet starts with an explanation of numbers and their value according to their positions (units, tens, hundreds ...), followed by various multiplication tables, cross-checking...

    £240

  8. BAILEY, Samuel.

    Discourses on various subjects; read before literary and philosophical societies.

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852.

    First edition. Samuel Bailey (1791–1870), known as the ‘Hallamshire Bentham’, was the author of one of the most important treatises on the theory of value in the Ricardian period, A Critical Dissertation on the Nature, Measures, and Causes of Value (1825).

    £550

  9. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational exposition of the true system of human society; in three parts, viz:...

    Hopedale and New York, by the author and Fowlers and Wells, 1854.

    First edition. Adin Ballou (1803-90), Universalist clergyman and leading American Christian social reformer, founded the utopian Hopedale Community in 1841, during the heyday of such communal experiments. He surrendered his presidency of Hopedale in 1852 in order to devote himself to expanding his movement...

    £650

  10. BARNES, Ralph M.

    ...

    Paris, Les Editions d’organisation, 1949.

    Third edition, first published in 1937.

    £100

  11. BARRÊME, François-Bertrand.

    Traité des parties doubles, ou, Methode aisée pour apprendre à tenir en parties doubles les...

    Paris, J.-G. Nyon, 1721.

    First edition of this important manual of double-entry bookkeeping by the first man to teach commercial arithmetic in France, a mathematician whose impact on accountancy has been acknowledged to this day. This book, now rare, was published posthumously by his son, who had helped his father run an academy...

    £750

  12. BEARDÉ DE L’ABBAYE.

    Essays in agriculture: or, a variety of useful hints, for its improvement, with respect to air, water, earth,...

    London, T. Carnan, 1776

    First and only edition in English. Little is known of Beardé; born at the beginning of the eighteenth century, he won the 1766 prize offered by the Agricultural Society of Saint Petersburg with his Essay in answer to the question ‘Est-il plus avantageux à un état que le paysan possède en propre...

    £380

  13. BECKER, Gary S.

    Economic theory.

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

    First edition, the text of Becker’s lectures during the year 1967-68, produced from recordings. ‘For more than a decade I gave a course on price theory to first year graduate students at Columbia. The course tries to present a rigorous and systematic statement of the principles economists have developed...

    £120

  14. BELLEGARDE, J.

    B. Morvan de. Reflexions sur ce qui peut plaire ou deplaire dans le commerce du monde ... Seconde édition, revue...

    Amsterdam, Héritiers d’Antoine Schelte, 1699.

    Second, corrected edition of this philosophical and moral treatise. Two printings of this second edition appeared in 1699, one in Paris and this one in Amsterdam.

    £200

  15. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni, (first, 1750) – the first edition to include the author’s considerations on ‘imaginary money’ (pp. 135-154) – of a work notable for its argument in favour of restrictions on the export of money by the Vatican banker Girolamo Belloni (1688–1760)....

    £300

  16. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Defence of Usury, shewing the Impolicy of the present legal Restraints on the Terms of pecuniary Bargains, in...

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

    Fourth edition of Bentham’s criticism of limited interest rates. First published in 1787, the Defence of Usury established the principle that no adult of sound mind acting freely and aware of the circumstances, should be hindered from making any bargain that he sees fit to make. The Defence...

    £250

  17. 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 that he be sent the ‘Supplemt of Mr Ruding’s Coins intended for the purchasers of the quarto edn’. Rogers Ruding (1751-1820) published his Annals of the Coinage, a chronological account of English coinage, in four quarto volumes in 1817. It sold out...

    £100

  18. 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 social reformer and economist W. H. Beveridge (1879-1963), a sequel to the epoch-making Beveridge report on Social Insurance and Allied Services made to the Government in December 1942. Beveridge had earlier published Unemployment: a Problem of Industry (1909),...

    £250

  19. BIELFELD, Jacob Friedrich, Freiherr von.

    Institutions politiques. Tome premier (- troisième).

    The Hague, P. Gosse jr., 1760 (I-II), and Leiden, S. & J. Luchtmans, 1772 (III).

    First edition, a rare complete set including the third volume, which, since published by the author’s wife (using the author’s notes) twelve years after the publication of the first two parts, is almost invariably either absent or not homogeneous.

    £2000

  20. BLANQUI, Jérôme Adolphe, l’Ainé.

    Histoire de l’économie politique en Europe, depuis les anciens jusqu’à nos jours, suivie...

    Paris, Guillaumin, 1837.

    First edition of ‘the first major history of political economy’ (The New Palgrave). Blanqui (1798–1854) taught at the Institution Massin, where he came into contact with J. B. Say, who was greatly impressed by him. In 1833, he succeeded Say as holder of the chair of political and industrial economy...

    £300