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.
ALBERTI, Leon Battista.
El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia del Momo; compuesta en Latin por el docto varon Leon Bapista...
Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.
First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s Momus [or De principe], translated by Augustín de Almaçan and with an introductory 8-page Exposición by the Toledo ascetic writer and scholar Alejo Venegas (1495?–1554?).
ANDREUCCI, Andrea Girolamo.
De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus Canonico-Theologicus.
Rome, typis Antonii de Rubeis in via Seminarii Romani prope Rotundam, 1744.
First edition, rare, of Andreucci’s treatise of the juridical and hierarchical prerogatives of the prelates of the basilicae. It was to be reprinted twenty years later as part of the author’s work on ecclesiastical hierarchies.
Law Quibbles, or a treatise of the evasions, tricks, turns and quibbles, commonly used in the profession of the law …...
Dublin, Samuel Fairbrother, 1724.
First Dublin edition, first printed in London in the same year and several times reprinted.
More Reasons for a Reform in Parliament contained in letters to the following persons, viz. To the President of the Society...
London, James Ridgway, 1793.
First edition thus, printing four anonymous letters previously published in periodicals. Another issue, with ‘J. Ridgway’ in the imprint, adds a final addendum leaf.
The Lord Russel’s Innocency further defended, by way of Reply to an Answer entituled the Magistracy and Government...
London, Timothy Goodwin, 1689.
First edition of a defence of Lord Russell. A judge and politician whose career had suffered for his sympathy to Lord Russell, Robert Atkyns (1621–1710) aided Russell’s lawyers in his defence and likely wrote the defence presented by the latter at his execution. The most prominent posthumous...
[AUXIRON, Claude-François Joseph d’.]
Principes de tout gouvernement, ou Examen des causes de la splendeur ou de la foiblesse...
Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766.
First edition of this influential study of the roots of a thriving state, by the anti-physiocratic economist Claude François Joseph d’Auxiron (1728 – 1778).
Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio, Vice-Comitis Sancti Albani, operum moralium et civilium tomus … cura...
London, Edward Griffin [and John Haviland] for Richard Whitaker [and John Norton], 1638.
First edition, first issue, a copy from the celebrated Albani library: tangible witness to the early and fecund reception of Bacon’s thought in the circles of Galileian science in Italy.
BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.
The Essayes or counsels, civill and morall … Newly enlarged. London, John Haviland,...
The first posthumous edition, largely a reprint of the definitive edition of 1625, in which the essays had been enlarged ‘both in Number, and Weight; So that they are indeed a New Worke’.
BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.
Cases of Treason …
London, by the assigns of John More, 1641.
First edition. Wing B272; Pforzheimer 25.3.
BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.
Letters, Speeches, Charges, Advices, &c … now first published by Thomas Birch,...
London, Andrew Millar, 1763.
First edition, published by Birch from papers left by Bacon to his executor John Rawley, and passing thence to Thomas Tenison, Edmund Gibson, and eventually the library at Lambeth.
Discourses on various subjects; read before literary and philosophical societies.
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1852.
First edition. Samuel Bailey (1791–1870), known as the ‘Hallamshire Bentham’, was the author of one of the most important treatises on the theory of value in the Ricardian period, A Critical Dissertation on the Nature, Measures, and Causes of Value (1825).
The Rationale of Political Representation. By the author of essays on the formation of opinions, &c., &c.
London: R. Hunter. 1835.
First edition. The Rationale… examines many aspects of political representation, from chapters on the ‘Grounds of Preference for a Representative Government’ to a ‘Discussion of Changes in Political Institutions’. Alongside this extended treatise there are two further supplementary essays:...
[BALDELLI, Giovanni Battista].
Elogio di Niccolo’ Machiavelli.
Uncommon first edition of this speech in praise of Machiavelli, given to the Reale Accademia Fiorentina on August 7th 1794 by the Florentine soldier, politician, and historian Giovanni Battista Baldelli Boni (1766–1831).
Practical Christian socialism: a conversational exposition of the true system of human society; in three parts, viz:...
Hopedale and New York, by the author and Fowlers and Wells, 1854.
First edition. Adin Ballou (1803-90), Universalist clergyman and leading American Christian social reformer, founded the utopian Hopedale Community in 1841, during the heyday of such communal experiments. He surrendered his presidency of Hopedale in 1852 in order to devote himself to expanding his movement...
BALZAC, Jean-Louis Guez de.
Aristippus, or, Monsieur de Balsac’s Masterpiece, being a Discourse concerning the Court … Englished...
London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Nat. Eakins … and Tho. Johnson … 1659.
First edition in English of Aristippe (1657), a treatise on wisdom in political administration dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden, who was an admirer. Balzac was particularly reputed for the quality of his prose, seen as raising it to the same perfection as Malherbe did for French verse. ...
De l’amnistie et du mariage de S. A. R. le duc d’Orléans.
Paris, Laisné, .
First edition, rare. A work commending the Prince Royal, Ferdinand Philippe of Orléans, whose talent at exercising influence and popular support gave a hopeful outlook for the constitutional monarchy in France – a position strengthened by his marriage to Hélène of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in May 1837....
A letter addressed to the people of Piedmont, on the advantages of the French Revolution, and the necessity of adopting...
New York, Columbian Press, 1795.
First American edition. Evans 28237.
Political writings …
New-York, Mott & Lyon, 1796.
First collected edition, printing Barlow’s Advice to the Privileged Orders (which ‘forcibly presents the doctrine of the responsibility of the State’, DAB), Letter to the National Convention, Letter to the People of Piedmont, and The Conspiracy of Kings. There...
BECKETT, Ernest William, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe.
Manuscript diaries descriptive of a voyage around the world.
1882, 1892, 1894-96, 1898, 1899, 1902.
An intriguing set of travel diaries kept by Ernest Bennett (1856-1917), banker, Conservative politician, dilettante and philanderer, lover of Alice Keppel (long-time mistress of Edward VII) and rumoured father of Violet Trefusis. Schooled at Eton, Beckett briefly attended Trinity College, Cambridge,...
Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema di liberta’ proclamato dai Francesi.
Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia] di Strada Nuova, .
An impassioned tract attacking the claims of a new life of liberty promoted in Europe after the French Revolution, very rarely to be found in any of the three editions published in the same year.