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. 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

  2. MARZAGLIA, Gaetano.

    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....

    £850

  3. 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.

    £500

  4. MEADE, James Edward (1907-1995), economist.

    Autograph manuscript page and accompanying black and white passport photograph.

    [c. 1977].

    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...

    £150

  5. 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,...

    £950

  6. MENGER, Anton.

    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.

    £450

  7. [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...

    £700

  8. MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, comte de.

    De la Banque d'Espagne, dite de Saint-Charles.

    [Geneva], 1785.

    First edition. McCulloch describes De la Banque D’Espagne as an “energetic remonstrance against the establishment of the bank in question, which had the consequences foretold by Mirabeau” (McCulloch, p. 188). The second work is a letter on the same subject often found bound up together.

    £500

  9. [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...

    £2750

  10. [MONS PIETATIS].

    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.

    £650

  11. MORGAN, O.S.

    Agricultural systems of middle Europe: a symposium.

    New York, Macmillan, 1933

    First edition. The countries discussed in this symposium are: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Roumania, and Yugoslavia. All of the papers included in this volume provide valuable insight into post-war agricultural economics, and all are written by former state ministers of...

    £15

  12. [MOSS, Frederick Joseph, attributed author].

    Notes on Political Economy from the Colonial Point of View. By a New Zealand Colonist.

    London: R. & R. Clark, Limited for Macmillan and Co., 1897.

    First edition. Moss (1827/1828-1904) was born on St Helena and, after a rudimentary education on the island, was sent to work for an uncle in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the age of 12 or 13. He returned to St Helena in 1847 and then emigrated to South Africa in 1857, but left for New Zealand, due...

    £150

  13. MYRDAL, Gunnar.

    Asian Drama. An inquiry into the poverty of nations.

    New York, Pantheon, 1968.

    Third printing, published in the same year as the first edition, of this important study which took ten years to complete.

    £65

  14. [NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH.]

    Regularization of Business Investment. A conference of the Universities-National Bureau...

    Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1954.

    First edition. ‘The question this book raises and helps to answer is whether the entire responsibility for preventing the next depression is to be left to government, or whether a leading role can be assumed by private enterprise, through regularization of investment expenditures. Twenty-six leading...

    £120

  15. [NAVEAU, Jean-Baptiste].

    Le financier citoyen.

    [N. p., n. p.,] 1757.

    A fine copy of the first edition of this anonymously published work on the financial administration of France. All we know about Jean-Baptiste Naveau (1716–1762) is that he was ‘directeur de correspondance et fermier des devoirs de Bretagne’ (Quérard). This work examines the policies of the ministry...

    £650

  16. NAYLOR, Emmett Hay.

    Trade Associations: their Organization and Management.

    New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1921.

    First edition of a comprehensive history of trade associations, written by the President of the American Trade Association Executives.

    £50

  17. NIEHANS, Jürg.

    Der Gedanke der Autarkie im Merkantilismus von einst und im Neomerkantilismus von gestern.

    Zürich, H. Girsberger, 1945.

    First edition of Niehan’s work on the idea of self-sufficiency in the age of Mercantilism, published as volume 37 of the series Zürcher Volkswirtschaftlicje Forschungen, under the editorship of M. Saitzew. Niehans (1920-2007), a distinguished economist, taught at the Universities of Zurich, Johns...

    £40

  18. Nine

    pamphlets dating from 1739 and 1740 concerned with the war with Spain, the South Sea Company and the sugar trade in the British...

    i). The consequences of his majesty’s journey to Hanover, at this critical juncture. Considered in a letter from a Member of Parliament in town to a noble Duke in the country: to which is added, the Duke of A---l’s speech upon the state of the nation: with the reply to it, by Lord ******. London,...

    £3500

  19. OUT, Sieuwert Jansz.

    Uytgerekende tafelen in’t gout en silver, gereduceert uyt marken troys, in marken fijns ... Van nieuws gecalculeert,...

    Amsterdam, Marcus Willemsz Doornick, 1681.

    Rare corrected and enhanced edition (first 1651) of Out’s essential manual for gold and silver merchants in the golden age of the Dutch Republic when Dutch trade was at its height, dedicated to three chief commissioners of the Wisselbank of Amsterdam. Out worked as an assayer at the bank and was highly...

    £1600