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. LA PORTE, Mathieu de.

    La science des négocians et teneurs de livres, ou instruction générale pour tout ce qui se pratique dans...

    Rouen, J. Racine, 1785.

    A scarce provincial edition of this classic work on accountancy, rare on the market and greatly revised and expanded,. First published in Paris in 1704, as an expanded and re-worked version of La Porte’s 1673 Guide des négocians et teneurs des livres. There are numerous editions, translations and...

    £675

  2. LA SALLE, Antoine de.

    Méchanique morale, ou essai sur l’art de perfectionner et d’employer ses organes, propres, acquis et conquis.

    Geneva, [s. n.], 1789.

    First edition of La Salle’s wide-ranging work in which he examines, inter alia, understanding, learning, reasoning, syllogism, the Baconian method, asking and answering questions, physiognomy, qualities of character, and eloquence. Having travelled widely in his youth – to Newfoundland, Africa, China,...

    £450

  3. [LAW, John].

    Extrait du registre de la Compe. des Indes aujourduy 22 feurier 1720 [and copies of other items relating to Law’s...

    [France, after 1721].

    A contemporary manuscript by an anonymous copyist reproducing some of the key documents surrounding John Law’s Mississippi system and the Visa instituted following its collapse. In just four years, Law completely transformed the French monetary system to a paper money/bank credit system and substituted...

    £1500

  4. [LE MERCIER DE LA RIVIÈRE, Pierre Paul].

    Die glückliche Nation, oder der Staat von Felizien. Ein Muster der vollkommensten Freyheit...

    Leipzig, Voss, 1794.

    First edition in German, originally published as L’Heureuse Nation, ou Relation du gouvernement des Féliciens, peuple souverainement libre et heureux sous l’empire absolu des lois in 1792. Le Mercier de la Rivière (1720–1793/4) was a colleague of Quesnay and Mirabeau, whose physiocratic views...

    £2750

  5. LE TROSNE, Guillaume-François.

    La Liberté du Commerce des Grains toujours utile & jamais nuisible …

    Paris, 1765.

    An important and interesting assemblage of scarce pamphlets on corn, including Le Trosne’s defence of free trade, described by Schumpeter as a ‘meritorious performance’ (p. 225) and Baudeau’s Lettres (see item 13), first published in the Ephémérides du Citoyen of February 1767.

    £6500

  6. LEVI, Leone.

    Manual of the mercantile law of Great Britain and Ireland: comprising[:] international commerce. Restraints on trade:...

    London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1854.

    First edition. ‘The present volume contains the laws which affect international commerce, individuals who exercise the mercantile profession, partnerships and companies formed for commercial or banking operations, and the most useful of all mercantile instruments, bills of exchange and promissory notes’...

    £250

  7. LEYBOURN, William.

    Panarithmologia: or the trader’s sure guide. Containing exact and useful tables, ready cast up, adapted to...

    New corrected and enlarged edition, first published 1693. Described by De Morgan as the earliest English ready reckoner, Panarithmologia… was hugely popular; running to over twenty editions and remaining in print into the nineteenth century.

    £150

  8. [LONDON ASSURANCE CORPORATION.]

    By-laws, orders, and rules, for the good government of the corporation of the London assurance....

    London, n.p., 1722.

    First edition of the by-laws of the London Assurance Corporation, which, along with The Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation, was constituted and granted sole rights, excepting private individuals, to the granting of assurance and bottomry by ‘The Bubble Act’ of 1720. The right to self-govern, reflected...

    £1500

  9. LONG, Clarence D.

    The Labor Force under Changing Income and Employment.

    Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1958.

    First edition.

    £40

  10. LONG, Clarence D.

    Wages and Earnings in the United States 1860–1890.

    Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1960.

    First edition. ‘Industrial wages are one of the critical factors to be considered in judging whether the U.S. economy will experience further inflation. Their impact on employment, income distribution, incentives to work, and labor mobility is equally important, and interest in wages has never been...

    £50

  11. LOWER RATES.

    No. 7. Bankers cause War.

    London, United ratepayers’ advisory association [1930s].

    First and only edition. An authentic copy of the Fascist-sponsored newspaper ‘Lower Rates’, a rare survival from the heyday of Oswald Mosley. Under the headline ‘Bankers cause War’ we see bankers accused of creating all the problems of society, including war-mongering and creating artificial credit.

    £130

  12. [MABBUT, George].

    Sir Isaac Newton’s tables for renewing and purchasing the leases of cathedral-churches and colleges, according...

    London, printed for Thomas Astley, 1742

    Sixth edition, first published in 1686, this issue was sometimes also published with a separate title page and imprint reading, ‘The money’d man’s pocket-book’, London, 1742’ immediately preceding the title-page of the second part. A series of tables calculating the amounts owed on leases based...

    £125

  13. MABLY, Gabriel Bonnot, Abbé de.

    Doutes proposés aux philosophes économistes, sur l’Ordre naturel et essentiel des sociétés...

    The Hague and Paris, Nyon and widow Durand, 1768.

    First edition. Mably (1709–1785) was in the contradictory position of being both a partial adherent and a formidable opponent of the Physiocrats. His criticisms of Le Mercier de la Rivière’s work were published the same year as the Ordre naturel. The Doutes, written in the form of ten letters addressed...

    £450

  14. [MACKINTOSH, William].

    Des Herrn Mackintosh’s Reisen durch Europa, Asia und Africa, worinnen die Charaktere, Gebräuche, Sitten...

    Leipzig, Friedrich Gotthold Jacobäer, 1785.

    First edition in German (first English 1782). Composed of seventy-two letters written during the course of a trip to India, dealing largely with the government and economies of the East Indies. In letter 25, (pp. 134-140), Mackintosh reports that at the Cape of Good Hope in April 1799, one Daniel Barwell...

    £750

  15. MARLO, Karl [pseudonym of Karl Georg WINKELBLECH].

    Untersuchungen über die Organisation der Arbeit oder System der Weltökonomie …...

    First complete edition of Winkelblech’s principal work, first published in 1850–9, which has been hailed as ‘one of the ablest statements of German socialism’ (Encyclopedia of Social Reform, p. 1395). It remained unfinished at the author’s death, and it was the praise of Schäffle in his Kapitalismus...

    £850

  16. MARSHALL, Alfred.

    Official papers.

    London, Macmillan for the Royal Economic Society, 1926.

    First collected edition of all the written memoranda and oral evidence Marshall prepared on economic questions for government departments and official enquiries, with the exception of his work on the Labour Commission. The collection was edited by Keynes, who provides a preface: ‘generally speaking,...

    £150

  17. MARSH, George.

    The earth as modified by human action.

    New York, Scribner, Amstrong, 1874.

    First edition thus (a previous version had been published ten years earlier under the title Man and Nature) of the first modern discussion of ecology and environmental issues. This copy bears several authorial manuscript corrections. A revised edition was posthumously published in 1885.

    £1750

  18. MARX, Karl and Friedrich ENGELS.

    Sobranie istoricheskikh rabot’.

    St Petersburg, S. Skirmunt, 1906.

    First edition thus, a Russian collected edition of three works, Class War in France 1848-1850; The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte and Engels’ Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany. The works are translated from the original German, and edited by V. Bazarov and I. Stepanov. The collection...

    £450

  19. MARZAGLIA, Gaetano.

    Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del commercio umano, e civile, in questa...

    Verona, Ramanzini, 1780.

    Much enlarged second edition of a rare work on applied mathematics (the first edition, 1754, only amounted to xii + 255 and two plates). Commercial arithmetic is one of the three main fields with which the author engages: business, trade and currency exchange examples prevail in the 82 practical illustrations...

    £1150

  20. MCCULLOCH, John Ramsay.

    Principes d’économie politique suivis de quelques recherches relatives à leur application et d’un...

    Paris, Guillaumin et C.ie, 1851.

    First and only complete French translation, an association copy signed by the translator for the historian and member of the Académie française Pierre-François Tissot, and afterwards in the library of the economist and statist Michel Chevalier, who like Tissot held a chair at the Collège de France.

    £950