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.
[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...
LONG, Clarence D.
The Labor Force under Changing Income and Employment.
Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1958.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Saggio d’economia politica; o sia, Riflessioni sullo spirito della legislazione relativamente all’agricoltura,...
Napoli, V. Orsini, 1793.
Very rare first and only edition of a book on economic and social policy by Marcello Marchesini, a scholar from Istria who, having been trained in Venice, took the chair of Political Economy in Naples after Genovesi. Marchesini declares in the title that his book should be regarded as a ‘Spirit of...
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...
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,...
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.
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...
Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del comercio umano, e civile, in questa...
Verona, Dionisio Ramanzini, 1780.
A lovely copy of the second edition, considerably augmented from the first of 1754, of this book of applied mathematical problems by the Veronese mathematician Gaetano Marzaglia (1716-1787), heavily influenced by the work of Wolff, who provides the motto to the book, and whose works he edited and expanded....
MCCULLOCH, John Ramsay.
Principes d’économie politique suivis de quelques recherches relatives à leur application et d’un...
Paris, Guillaumin et Cie, 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.
MEADE, James Edward (1907-1995), economist.
Autograph manuscript page and accompanying black and white passport photograph.
A leaf of autograph manuscript, presumably sent at the request of a collector, giving part of the text of Meade’s Nobel Memorial Lecture, ‘The meaning of “internal balance”’, which he delivered in December 1977. Meade writes: ‘To treat the whole of macro-economic control as a single subject...
MENDONÇA, Manoel Teixeira Cabral de.
O Guarda-livros moderno ou curso completo de instrucções elementares sobre as operações...
Lisbon, Na Impressão Regia, 1823.
Second addition, corrected and expanded, of vol. I, first editions of vol. II and the Supplemento. The first volume provides a broad overview of the history of commercial exchange, including present practices. Mendonça states that his intention is to demonstrate the benefits of studying geography, insurance,...
Das Recht auf den vollen Arbeitsertrag in geschichtlicher Darstellung.
Stuttgart, J. G. Cotta, 1886.
First edition of a work described by Gide and Rist as ‘indispensable à consulter pour l’histoire du socialisme’. There are chapters on Godwin, Hall, Thompson, Saint-Simon and his followers, Proudhon, Rodbertus, Marx, Louis Blanc and Ferdinand Lassalle.
[MILL, John Stuart, witness].
Report from the Select Committee on the Income and Property Tax; together with the Proceedings of...
[London], Ordered by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 1 August 1861.
First edition. This is the concluding report of the Commons Select Committee that had been responsible for investigating possible modifications to income tax policy. John Stuart Mill appeared before the Committee on the 18 June 1861, where he reiterated his central belief that the current system of income...
[MIRABEAU, Victor de Riquetti, Marquis de].
Élémens de la Philosophie rurale.
The Hague, ‘chez les Libraires associés’, 1767.
First edition. The Élémens is a slightly abridged version of the Philosophie rurale (1763), ‘the first of the four text-books of physiocrat orthodoxy’ (Schumpeter, p. 225). Linguet’s Théorie des loix civiles had appeared shortly before this work, and in the Discours préliminaire, Mirabeau...
Constituciones del Real Monte de Piedad, que baxo la proteccion de su Majestad Catholica ha erigido en la ciudad...
Barcelona, Francisco Suriá, 1751.
First edition of the constitution of the first mons pietatis to be established in Barcelona, granted by Fernando VI on 28 January 1751.