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. 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.

    £1750

  2. [VERGANI, Paolo.]

    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).

    £350

  3. [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,...

    £250

  4. WAGNER, Adolph.

    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.

    £50

  5. 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.

    £500

  6. [WALPOLE, Robert].

    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,...

    £150

  7. WALRAS, Léon.

    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’...

    £5750

  8. WALRAS, Léon.

    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...

    £100

  9. WARD, Bernardo.

    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...

    £350

  10. [WARE, Nathaniel.]

    Notes on political economy as applicable to the United States. By a Southern planter.

    New York, Leavitt, Trow, and Co., 1844.

    First edition, rare on the market, of an early American tract on political economy. Conceived within the predominantly Northern emerging tradition of an American nationalist school of political economy, favouring a neo-mercantilistic style and thus distinct from the old ways of Europe, the book was written...

    £500

  11. WELLS, David Ames.

    Practical economics. A collection of essays respecting certain of the recent economic experiences of the United...

    New York and London, G. P. Putnam, 1885

    First edition, presentation copy, by the American economist David Ames Wells (1828-1898). A series of essays covering key economic issues in the United States in the late nineteenth century. The major topics are monetary theory and currency, trade and tariffs, and the taxes on distilled spirits. The...

    £50

  12. WICKSTEED, Charles.

    The Land for the people: how to obtain it and how to manage it. Being an attempt to draw out the lines on which...

    London, William Reeves, 1885.

    First edition. Wicksteed (1810–1885), a Unitarian minister and father of the economist Phillip Wicksteed, was ‘an erudite and thoughtful man and a popular and important preacher’ (Oxford DNB). He is described on the title of the present work as ‘President of Kettering Liberal Association’....

    £100

  13. [YOUNG, Arthur].

    A Six Weeks Tour, through the Southern Counties of England and Wales. Describing, particularly, I. The present...

    London, W. Nicoll, 1768.

    First edition. ‘Young’s own estimate of this book is that it is one “in which for the first time, the facts and principles of Norfolk husbandry were laid before the public”, but important as these facts were ... the book is more valuable than Young would have us believe. It laid before the public...

    £250

  14. ZUCKERKANDL, Robert.

    Die Währungsänderung in Britisch-Indien.

    [Vienna and Prague, F. Tempski, and Leipzig, G, Freytag, c. 1894]

    First edition of this rare paper, offprinted from Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft, Socialpolitik und Verwaltung, volume III, issue I, on the changes of the Indian currency against the silver and gold prices. From 1873 the value of the Rupee sank considerably, leading to the British government of India’s...

    £120