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.
Thoughts and Details on the high and low Prices of the last thirty Years.
London, John Murray, 1823.
First edition of Tooke's first work, discussing the influence of climatic conditions and changing demand on agricultural prices. ‘During the three years which followed the Resumption Act of 1819 prices of nearly all commodities decreased, and the opinion that the fall in prices was the result of the...
Betydande frågor om handelen, wid tilfålle af de motsäjelser, som skedde emot den sista billen, om utlänningars...
Stockholm, Jon. G. Langes [colophon: N. v. Oelreich], 1763.
First Swedish edition, scarce, of this history on the treatment of foreign residents in Britain, Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1751–1752). This book comprises only the main body of Part II (1752), ‘Important Queries occasioned by The Rejection...
TUGAN-BARANOSKIĬ, M. I.
Sovremennyĭ sotsializm v svoem istoricheskom razvitii.
St. Petersburg, Buduschnost’, 1906.
First edition of Tugan-Baranoskiĭ’s work on socialism; it was translated into English as Modern Socialism in its Historical Development by M. I. Redmount and published in 1910. After dismissal from his position at the University of St. Petersburg in 1899 for ‘political unreliability’, Tugan-Baranoskiĭ...
TUGAN-BARANOVSKII, Mikhail Ivanovich.
Teoreticheskiia osnovyi Marksizma.
St Petersburg, I. N. Skorokhodov, 1905.
First Russian edition of Theoretical Foundations of Marxism; a German edition, Theoretische Grundlagen der Marxismus, was published in the same year. In the present work Tugan-Baranovsky shows the influence of the revisionism present throughout the socialist movement at the turn of the century. He approaches...
TUGAN-BARANOVSKI, Mikhail Ivanovich.
Obshchestvennoe ekonomicheskie idealyi nashego vremeni
Saint Petersburg, Izdatelstvo ‘Vestniks Znaniya’ V.V. Bitner, 1913 .
First and only edition of Socio-Economic Ideals in Our Time, seemingly never translated into English. The work contains chapters on the exploitation of the working classes, centralised, federalised and anarchised socialism, communism, and collectivism, and the transition from capitalism to socialism.
TURBILLY, L.F.H. de Menon de.
Mémoire sur les défrichements.
Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1760.
Idem. Pratique des défrichements. Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1760.
TURGOT, Anne Robert Jacques and DUPONT de NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel, ed.
Oeuvres posthumes ... ou mémoire de M. Turgot, sur les administrations...
Lausanne, [n.p.] 1787.
First edition, published by Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau. The work was originally drawn up by DuPont de Nemours in 1776 under the title Mémoire sur les municipalités after a draft left by Turgot. The Lettre which begins on page 99 was written by DuPont de Nemours and the Observations (p. 113ff.) by Brissot...
[VALERIANI MOLINARI, Luigi].
Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili. Trattato legale-economico ove incidentemente si additano...
Bologna, Ulisse Ramponi, 1806.
Scarce first edition. ‘Valeriani (1758–1828) was something of a polyhistor and much admired in his time and country. The little steam he reserved for economics was put to good use, however, in his theory of prices (Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili, 1806), which could have taught Senior and...
VALLE, Rolando della.
Tractatus non minus utilissimus quam necessarius de inventarii confectione.
Venice, Giovanni Battista Somaschi, 1573 (printed in 1572, dated in the colophon).
Very rare first edition of the successful Tractatus of the statesman and jurist Rolando della Valle. It is the first work to systematically treat the procedure for the drawing of organized lists or inventories to be used in the practice of inheritance law.
VASCO, Giovanni Battista.
Milan, Galeazzi, 1772.
Very scarce first edition of a ground-breaking work remarkable for its use of mathematical models and for its proposal of a legal tender to which all other currencies should be linked.
Nouveaux & anciens principes du commerce comparés, ou Traité sur les principes du commerce entre les nations;...
London, Galabin, 1789.
First French translation of New and old principles of trade compared (1788) by the political reformer and close friend of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Vaughan. Vaughan’s text ‘displayed a thorough familiarity with both French and Scottish sources on commercial theory and policy, and advocated (among...
VENUSTI, Antonio Maria.
Compendio utilissimo di quelle cose, le quali a nobili e christiani mercanti appartengono.
Milan, Giovan Antonio degli Antonij, 1561.
First edition, containing Discorso d’intorno alla Mercantia and Trattato del Cambio di Lione o di Bisenzone and Trattato de’ Cambi, and including the Italian translation of Saravia de la Calle’s Institutione de’ Mercanti.
Della importanza e dei pregi del nuovo sistema di finanza dello Stato Pontificio.
[N.p, n.p.,] 1794.
Scarce first edition of this important work on the economy of the Papal States, by the philosopher and political economist Paolo Vergani (1753-1820).
[VIVANT DE MEZAGUES].
Bilan général et raisonné de l’Angleterre, depuis 1600 jusqu’à la fin de 1761; ou Lettre à M. L....
[Paris, n.p.,] 1762.
First edition, a nice copy. ‘The object of the “letter” is to show that the wealth and trade of England were not greater than that of France. With this view the author examines into the balance of trade between England and other countries (including Ireland), the national income and debt, exchanges,...
Die russische Papierwährung. Eine volkwirthschaftliche und finanzpolitische Studie, nebst Vorschlägen zur Herstellung...
Riga, N. Kymmel, 1868.
First edition in book form: the work first appeared in the Baltische Monatschrift 1867–8; a Russian translation by Bunge, later minister of finance, was published in Kiev in 1871.
WALKER, Francis Amasa.
Discussions in Economics and Statistics.
New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1899.
First edition of this collection edited by Professor Dewey of more than fifty articles by Francis Amasa Walker, some published here for the first time, classified under the heads of Statistics, National Growth, Social Economics, Finance and Taxation, Money and Bimetallism, and Economy Theory.
Some general considerations concerning the alteration and improvement of publick revenues.
London, J. Roberts, 1733.
First edition of Walpole’s anonymous, persuasive defence of an excise to be levied by the government on tobacco and wines. Walpole urges calm in response to what he considers perfectly reasonable measures for the increase of public funds. Corrupt merchants were aghast at the threat of warehouse inspections,...
Études d’économie sociale (Théorie de la Répartition de la Richesse sociale).
Lausanne and Paris, Rouge and Pichon & Durand-Auzias, 1936.
This, the second, definitive edition differs from the first (1896) in containing the ‘Souvenirs du Congrès de Lausanne’. The congress on taxation in Lausanne in 1860, at which Walras read a paper, was a climacteric in his career. In the audience was Louis Ruchonnet, who later became chief of the...
Théorie critique de l’impot …
Paris, Guillaumin et Cie, 1861.
First and only edition of Walras’ second published book on economics and an important early testimonial to his profound admiration for, and intellectual identification with, his father. In the lengthy preface, he reviews the ideas contained in the works of Auguste Walras, including the concept of ‘rarety’...
Proyecto economico, en que se proponen varias providencias, dirigidas á promover los intereses de España, con...
Madrid, Joachin Ibarra, 1779.
First edition. Despite McCulloch’s doubts that ‘anything approaching to a good treatise on Political Economy should have been published in Spain previously to its invasion by the French under Napoleon’ (pp. 31–2), Ward’s work has been described as ‘perhaps, the best digested and most methodical...