Human Sciences

Contact Jonathan Harrison, Alfred Pasternack or Barbara Scalvini

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. ANDREADES, Andreas Michael.

    De la monnaie et de la puissance d’achat...

    Liège, Imprimerie H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924.

    An offprint, with its own title-page and...

    £45

  2. ANGELL, Sir Norman.

    The money game.

    London, J.M. Dent, [n.d.].

    Early edition of this ‘new instrument...

    £100

  3. ANTWERP, William C. van.

    The Stock Exchange from Within. Illustrated...

    New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913.

    First edition of this historical account...

    £50

  4. [BANK OF ENGLAND].

    RICARDO, Samson, and others. Collection...

    1837-1838.

    Twelve rare and important texts, witnessing...

    £2500

  5. [BANK OF SCOTLAND.]

    Act of Parliament for erecting a bank in...

    Edinburgh, printed by the heirs and successors...

    Very rare edition of the Act of Parliament...

    £650

  6. BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.

    Del Commercio dissertazione.

    Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.

    Second edition to be authorized by Belloni,...

    £300

  7. BODEMER, Heinrich.

    Die Wirkungen der Creditpapiere in Bezug...

    Leipzig, Heinrich Hubner, 1853.

    First edition of a rare German treatise...

    £125

  8. BROGGI, Ugo.

    Die Axiome der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung.

    Göttingen, Dieterischen Universitäts-Buchdruckerei,...

    Rare first edition of this doctoral dissertation...

    £200

  9. [ENGLAND, PARLIAMENT.]

    An ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled...

    London, for John Wright, 27 July 1643.

    The ordinance which introduced Excise into...

    £275

  10. ESCHER, Franklin.

    Practical Investing.

    New York, The Bankers Publishing Co., 1914.

    First edition. In the words of a contemporary...

    £100

  11. FISHER, Irving.

    Mathematical Investigations in the Theory...

    New Haven, by the Academy, 1892.

    First appearance of Fisher’s ‘startlingly...

    £5500

  12. FORTUNE, Thomas.

    A concise and authentic history of the...

    London, Boosey, 1802.

    Third edition, ‘with considerable additions’....

    £275

  13. FROST, Thomas Gold.

    A treatise on guaranty insurance: including...

    Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1902.

    Only edition of the first treatise on the...

    £125

  14. [FULIGNATI, Giuntino (pseud. for Tommaso BUONI?)].

    Della famosissima compagnia della lesina....

    Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.

    Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence,...

    £475

  15. GARRIDO, Joam Antonio.

    Taboada curiosa, novamente reformada, e...

    Lisbon, Ignacio Nogueira Xisto, 1759.

    Sixth edition of a rare Portuguese merchant’s...

    £250

  16. GASTALDI, Louis.

    De la liberté commerciale, du crédit...

    Turin, Mussano, 1840.

    First edition, a very attractive copy with...

    £850

  17. [GREAT BRITAIN: PARLIAMENT].

    [Drop-head title:] ‘An act for repealing...

    London, Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1787.

    Rare first edition of the consolidation...

    £2750

  18. [GREENE, Asa.]

    The perils of Pearl Street, including a...

    New York, Betts & Anstice and Peter Hill, 1834.

    First edition of a very early Wall Street...

    £2750

  19. HURRY, Thomas.

    Tables of interest, from one pound to five...

    [Yarmouth], Printed for the author, and...

    One of two editions published in 1786,...

    £150