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. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  2. [ALMANAC.] 

    CRUIKSHANK, Percy.  P. Cruikshank’s...

    London: Read & Co, … [1863]. 

    A very rare colour-printed almanac by...

    £350

  3. ANDREUCCI, Andrea Girolamo.

    De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus...

    Rome, typis Antonii de Rubeis in via Seminarii...

    First edition, rare, of Andreucci’s treatise...

    £250

  4. [ANGLO-SOVIET DIPLOMACY.] 

    Papers regarding the Anglo-Soviet Negotiations...

    London, His Majesty’s Stationery Office,...

    A proof copy, complete with typed errata...

    £750

  5. ARNOTT, Neil; Alexander BAIN and Alfred Swaine TAYLOR (editors).

    Elements of physics or natural philosophy....

    London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1876.

    Presentation copy of the seventh...

    £250

  6. AUGUSTINUS TRIUMPHUS [i.e. AUGUSTINUS de Ancona]. 

    Summa de potestate ecclesiastica. 

    Augsburg, [Johann Schüssler,] 6 March 1473. 

    First edition of this highly important...

    £30000

  7. [AUXIRON, Claude-François Joseph d’.]

    Principes de tout gouvernement, ou Examen...

    Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766.

    First edition of this influential study...

    £1500

  8. BACON, Francis.

    Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica,...

    London, R. Daniel, impensis Octaviani...

    First edition, second issue (with the...

    £1250

  9. BACON, Francis.

    Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio,...

    London, Edward Griffin [and John Haviland]...

    First edition, first issue, a copy from...

    £4500

  10. [BAILEY, Samuel]

    The Rationale of Political Representation....

    London: R. Hunter. 1835.

    First edition. The Rationale… examines...

    £550

  11. [BALDELLI, Giovanni Battista].

    Elogio di Niccolo’ Machiavelli.

    Londra, 1794. 

    Uncommon first edition of this speech in...

    £325

  12. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

    Hopedale and New York, by the author and...

    First edition. Adin Ballou (1803-90), Universalist...

    £650

  13. BALZAC, Jean-Louis Guez de.

    Aristippus, or, Monsieur de Balsac’s...

    London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for Nat....

    First edition in English of Aristippe...

    £750

  14. BARGINET, Alexandre-Pierre.

    De l’amnistie et du mariage de S. A....

    Paris, Laisné, [1837].

    First edition, rare. A work commending...

    £175

  15. [BENDISCIOLI, Faustino.]

    Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema...

    Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia]...

    An impassioned tract attacking the claims...

    £200

  16. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    “Swear not at all:” containing an Exposure...

    London, R. Hunter, 1817.

    First published edition, originally printed...

    £550

  17. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    The Elements of the Art of Packing, as...

    London, Effingham Wilson, 1821.

    First published edition, originally printed...

    £900

  18. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form...

    London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed...

    First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint...

    £225

  19. BENTHAM, Jeremy. SALAS Y CORTES, Ramón (translator).

    Tratados de legislación civil y penal,...

    Madrid, Fermín Villalpando, 1821-1822.

    A very good copy of this Spanish translation...

    £2250

  20. [BERINGTON, Simon, adapted by Jean-Baptiste DUPUY-DEMPORTES.]

    Memoires de Gaudence de Luques, prisonnier...

    Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1754.

    Second edition of this much expanded...

    £650