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. PIECK, Henri C.

    10 Dagen Die De Wereld Deden Wankelen.

    Amsterdam, Skovino, 1927.

    A rare lithograph of Pieck’s dramatic illustration for Ten Days that Shook the World (October in English), a silent film commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the October Revolution. Made by the director of Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, the...

    £300

  2. KRUG, Leopold.

    Abriss der Staatsökonomie oder Staatswirtschaftslehre.

    Berlin, Realschulbuchhandlung, 1808.

    Rare first edition. Krug was a civil servant whose writings on political economy and statistics had to be carved out of ‘the odd spare hour’. From 1805 to 1834 he was heavily involved in the development and expansion of the Prussian Statistical Bureau, during which time he conducted numerous statistical...

    £350

  3. [KEIR, James.]

    An Account of the Life and Writings of Thomas Day, Esq.

    London, John Stockdale, 1791.

    First edition of the first biography of Day. An author, political radical, and ardent student of Rousseau’s ideas on education, Thomas Day’s life (1748–1789) was eccentric and often contradictory. A supporter of the American Revolution and opponent of slavery, he had published in 1780 three...

    £400

  4. [LONDON CORRESPONDING SOCIETY.]

    Account of the proceedings at a general meeting of the London Corresponding Society, convened by...

    [London, s.n., 1795].

    Sole edition of this account of a meeting of the radical London Corresponding Society, under the chairmanship of the orator John Gale Jones (1769-1838). This was the first meeting of the Society for more than a year, largely due to the 1794 treason trials which had targeted some of its leading members;...

    £300

  5. [CITY OF LONDON.]

    An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof;...

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing for the ‘raising and levying of Monies’ for the employment of night-watchmen in the City of London. ‘The said Constables, shall … use their best Endeavours, to prevent Fires, Murders, Burglaries, Robberies, and other Outrages, and Disorders …’. The act...

    £850

  6. BURDETT, Sir Francis.

    The Address of Sir Francis Burdett to his constituents, in a letter, dated March 23, denying the power of...

    London, T. Broom, [1810].

    First edition(?) in book form, written in response to the arrest of the radical John Gale Jones for breach of privilege after he had challenged the exclusion of ‘strangers’ (i.e. the public) from the Commons debates about the disastrous Walcheren expedition.

    £300

  7. [LONDON CORRESPONDING SOCIETY.]

    At a general meeting of the London Corresponding Society, held at the Globe Tavern Strand; on Monday...

    [London, s.n. 1794].

    First edition, first issue. A very good copy of this important address to the people from the London Corresponding Society, shortly before the treason trials which were to interrupt the Society’s workings for over a year. In the context of the war with revolutionary France, the address points out the...

    £300

  8. LAMAN, Paulus.

    Anleiding tot de eerste beginselen der Groninger regts-kunde.

    [Holland, mid-18th century].

    A neat manuscript copy of an anonymous handbook on the rudiments of jurisprudence particular to Groningen, attributed to Paulus Laman (1663-1747). Having studied philosophy and law, Laman became an advocate, judge and burgomaster at Groningen. The Anleiding first appeared in print in 1738, published...

    £500

  9. SOUTHCOTT, Joanna.

    An Answer to Thomas Paine’s third part of The Age of Reason, published by D. I. Eaton; likewise to S. Lane,...

    London, Marchant and Galabin, 1812.

    First edition, scarce pamphlet dictated to Southcott’s secretaries, Ann Underwood and Jane Townley, consisting of her refutations of Thomas Paine’s attack on religion, the Age of Reason (first published 1794), as well as her spirited defence against contemporary abusers: a preacher...

    £350

  10. [PRADT, Dominique Georges Frédéric de Riom de Prolhiac du Four de].

    Antidote au Congrès de Rastadt, ou Plan d’un nouvel équilibre...

    London [i.e. Hamburg], 1798.

    First edition of the Abbé de Pradt’s first and most famous work. The entries for the present work in Barbier, Quérard and NUC (which gives a different pagination) all include ‘par l’auteur des “Considérations sur la France”’ in their transcription of the title-page. Our copy is completely...

    £250

  11. PRYNNE, William.

    The Antipathie of the English lordly prelacie, both to regall monarchy, and civill unity: or, an historicall collection...

    London, Michael Sparke, 1641.

    First edition, one of numerous issues in this year, this with ‘oppressions, & anti-monarchicall practices’ in the titles, as opposed to the reverse. Prynne’s pamphlet, written during the anti-Laudian controversy of the Root and Branch Petition of 1641, was ‘a watershed in his career. For...

    £1250

  12. WATSON, Richard.

    An Apology for the Bible, in a Series of Letters, addressed to Thomas Paine, Author of a Book entitled The Age...

    Robson, and R. Faulder, 1796.

    Third edition of ‘a crucial defence of the political and social order’ (ODNB), published the same year as the first edition. Though his first political sermon, The Principles of the Revolution Vindicated, was in 1776 interpreted as a radical statement of support for the American rebels,...

    £350

  13. WOOLER, Thomas.

    An appeal to the citizens of London against the alledged lawful mode of packing special juries.

    London, T.J. Wooler, 1817.

    First edition of this attack on the practice of packing special juries, especially for libel trials, by the satirist and legal writer Thomas Wooler, drawing many of the arguments employed by Bentham in The elements of the art of packing, a copy of which, according to Bentham’s letters,...

    £165

  14. [HABEAS CORPUS.]

    The arguments upon the writ of habeas corpus, in the court of Kings Bench. Wherein, are learnedly discussed, not...

    London, M.F. for W.Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedell, 1649.

    Only edition of this important survey of the arguments surrounding the use of habeas corpus writs during Darnell’s case (or the Five Knights’ case), where five noblemen were imprisoned for their refusal to pay forced loans imposed by Charles I to pay for his several wars. Demanding that the...

    £300

  15. 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. ...

    £750

  16. PARKYNS, William, Sir.

    The Arraignment, tryal and condemnation of Sir William Parkins knt. for the most horrid and barbarous...

    London, for Samuel Heyrick and Isaac Cleve, 1696.

    First edition of this account of the trial of Sir William Parkyns (1649–1696), who plotted to assassinate William III and restore the former James II to the throne. His trial, and those of his co-conspirators, was rushed through before the Treason Trials Act (which allowed defendants counsel)...

    £300

  17. SIDNEY, Algernon.

    The Arraignment, tryal and condemnation of Algernon Sidney, esq; for high-treason. For conspiring the death of...

    Dublin, reprinted by and for Jo. Ray, 1684.

    Scarce Dublin reprint (same year as the first London edition) of a report of one of the most important and famous English political trials, that of the philosopher and politician Algernon Sidney (1623–1683). Sidney, who had been a commissioner at the trial of Charles I, and gone into exile in...

    £300

  18. OSBORNE, Thomas, Earl of Danby.

    Articles of impeachment of high treason and other high crimes … against Thomas Earl of...

    [London, 1678].

    One of several contemporary printings, priority uncertain. Thomas Osborne, then Lord Danby and later Duke of Leeds, led the government from 1674 until 1678, when he was impeached for, effectively, having carried out government policy. He was voted guilty by the Commons but the Lords were still...

    £100

  19. WILKS, Mark.

    Athaliah; or the tocsin sounded by modern alarmists: two collection sermons, towards defraying the expense of the...

    Norwich, J. March, 1795.

    Only edition of these two sermons preached by the Norwich Methodist-turned-Baptist Mark Wilks (1748-1819) to raise money for the three radical publishers and writers newly acquitted of high treason. The climate as it now is, Wilks says, is one where even to use a French phrase is to invite suspicion,...

    £300

  20. WILKINSON, George Theodore.

    An authentic history of the Cato-Street conspiracy; with the trials at large of the conspirators, for...

    London: Thomas Kelly, [1820].

    First edition of the first thorough account of the Cato Street conspiracy, a plot to assassinate the prime minister and his cabinet, and to install a new revolutionary government. Written by the editor of the New Newgate Calendar Improved, the reports follow the sensationalised approach...

    £325