Human Sciences

Contact Jonathan Harrison or Alfred Pasternack

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. ANDREUCCI, Andrea Girolamo.

    De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus...

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

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

    £250

  3. [ANON.]

    Law Quibbles, or a treatise of the evasions,...

    Dublin, Samuel Fairbrother, 1724.

    First Dublin edition, first printed...

    £275

  4. [ANON.]

    More Reasons for a Reform in Parliament...

    London, James Ridgway, 1793.

    First edition thus, printing four...

    £50

  5. ATKYNS, Robert.

    The Lord Russel’s Innocency further defended,...

    London, Timothy Goodwin, 1689.

    First edition of a defence of Lord Russell....

    £225

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

    Principes de tout gouvernement, ou Examen...

    Paris, J. Th. Hérissant fils, 1766.

    First edition of this influential study...

    £1500

  7. BACON, Francis.

    Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio,...

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

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

    £4500

  8. BACON, Francis.

    Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica,...

    London, R. Daniel, impensis Octaviani...

    First edition, second issue (with the...

    £1250

  9. BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.

    The Essayes or counsels, civill and morall...

    Allot. 1629.

    The first posthumous edition, largely...

    £500

  10. BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.

    Cases of Treason …

    London, by the assigns of John More, 1641.

    First edition. Wing B272; Pforzheimer...

    £200

  11. BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.

    Letters, Speeches, Charges, Advices, &c...

    London, Andrew Millar, 1763.

    First edition, published by Birch...

    £200

  12. [BAILEY, Samuel]

    The Rationale of Political Representation....

    London: R. Hunter. 1835.

    First edition. The Rationale… examines...

    £550

  13. [BALDELLI, Giovanni Battista].

    Elogio di Niccolo’ Machiavelli.

    Londra, 1794. 

    Uncommon first edition of this speech in...

    £325

  14. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

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

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

    £650

  15. 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

  16. BARGINET, Alexandre-Pierre.

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

    Paris, Laisné, [1837].

    First edition, rare. A work commending...

    £175

  17. BARLOW, Joel.

    A letter addressed to the people of Piedmont,...

    New York, Columbian Press, 1795.

    First American edition. Evans 28237.

    £250

  18. BARLOW, Joel.

    Political writings …

    New-York, Mott & Lyon, 1796.

    First collected edition, printing...

    £250

  19. BECKETT, Ernest William, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe.

    Manuscript diaries descriptive of a voyage...

    1882, 1892, 1894-96, 1898, 1899, 1902.

    An intriguing set of travel diaries...

    £1750

  20. [BENDISCIOLI, Faustino.]

    Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema...

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

    An impassioned tract attacking the claims...

    £200