Human Sciences

Contact Private: Edmund Brumfitt, 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. ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques.

    Du contract social, ou, Principes du droit politique.

    Milan, Pogliani, 1796.

    First edition printed in Italy, very rare, of Rousseau’s Contrat social.



    The Report of the Committee of the House of Commons, to whom the Petition of the Royal Lustring-Company...

    London, E. Whitlock, 1698.

    First edition; a French version appeared the same year. Since its foundation in 1688, the Royal Lustring Company (importers of ‘lustrings’ or ‘alamodes’ – a fine, light, glossy, black silk) had enjoyed special monopolistic privileges which it had exploited to the full. However, by the end...


  3. [ROZIER.]

    Le rozier historial de France contenant deux roziers. Le p[re]mier rozier contient plusieurs belles rozes e boutons de...

    Paris, [Gilles Couteau for François Regnault], 26 February 1522 [i.e. 1523].

    First edition, the very handsome Fairfax-Murray copy, of the Rozier historial de France. The first part, the Rozier des guerres, is a speculum principis for rulers in peace and war, and was originally published on its own in Lyons circa 1489 (only two copies known). The second...


  4. RUGE, Arnold, and Clair James GRECE, Paul NERRLICH (ed.).

    Unser System ... Herausgegeben von C. J. Grece, LL.D. Zum 100. Geburtstage...

    Frankfurt, Neuer Verlag, 1903.

    A rare celebrative reprint of the most detailed exposition of Arnold Ruge’s philosophy (originally published in 1850).


  5. [RUSSELL, Lady Rachel.]

    Letters of Lady Rachel Russell; from the manuscript in the Library at Woburn Abbey. To which are...

    London, J. Mawman, 1801.

    Sixth edition. William Russell (1639–1683) was opposed to the accession of James II as an openly Catholic King, and was executed for his part in the Rye House Plot, along with Algernon Sidney (1623–1683). In a rare concession to the defendant in a case of high treason, Lady Russell appeared...


  6. [RUSSELL, William Russell, Lord.]

    Eight folio pamphlets relating to the trial and execution of Lord Russell.

    London, 1683 [– 1689].

    A collection of eight contemporary pamphlets relation to the trial and execution of Lord Russell. Convicted of High Treason for conspiracy to raise rebellion, Lord Russell was executed on the twenty-first of July, 1683; a subsequent propaganda campaign, led largely by Lady Russell and involving...


  7. [RUSSELL, William Russell, Lord.]

    The Tryal of the Lord Russel.

    Dublin, J. Ray, 1683.

    First edition, a scarce account of Lord Russell’s trial, printed in Dublin.


  8. [SAINTE-HILAIRE, Émile Marco de.]

    Réclamation addressée à S. Ece. Mgr. Delavau, préfet de police, par Modeste Agnès, patentée...

    Paris, chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1821.

    Rare first edition of this work on Parisian prostitution, attributed to the writer and journalist Émile Marco de Sainte-Hilaire (1796–1887). The Réclamation is presented as a letter from the prostitute Modeste Agnès to the newly-appointed Paris chief of police, Guy Delavau (1787–1874),...


  9. [SAVILE, Christopher Atkinson.]

    The Trial of Christopher Atkinson, Esq., Member of Parliament for Heydon in Yorkshire, and late...

    London, J. Debret, Egerton, G. Kearsley, J. Bew, and T. Axtell, 1783.

    First edition of the trial of Christopher Atkinson Savile. Convicted of perjury, Savile was sentenced to be pilloried and expelled from the House of Commons. He was pardoned in 1791 and returned to parliament in 1796.


  10. SAY, Jean-Baptiste.

    Olbie, ou Essai sur les moyens de réformer les moeurs d’une nation.

    Paris, Deterville and Treuttel & Wurtz, ‘an VIII de la République’ [1799–1800].[bound with:][ANON]. Principes politiques, par F. M....

    Presentation copy with the author’s inscription of the rare first edition of Say’s utopia, written in response to a competition organised by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques on the question: ‘Quelles sont les institutions capables de fonder la morale chez un peuple?’. Say...


  11. SAY, Léon.

    [cover title: ] La Société coopérative est la meilleure des caisses d’épargne.

    Lille, L. Danel, [1866?].

    First edition. Léon Say (1826–1896), grandson of Jean-Baptiste Say, ‘became one of the most prominent statesmen of the French Third Republic. He served as Finance Minister from 1872 to 1879, and again in 1882, overseeing the largest financial operation of the century – payment of war reparations...


  12. SAY, Léon.

    Le Socialisme d’état. Conférences faites au Cercle Saint-Simon.

    Paris, Calmann Lévy, 1884.

    First edition of this lecture on centralization and state socialism, given at a meeting of the Cercle Saint-Simon. Léon Say (1826-1896), the grandson of the economist Jean Baptiste, examines the étatiste tendencies in Bismarck’s Germany and traces of socialism in the politics of other European states,...


  13. SCHUMACHER, H., Professor.

    Autograph letter signed (‘H. Schumacher’) to a colleague.

    Bonn, den Coblenzerstrasse 83, 10 February 1915.

    Schumacher’s spirited response to a colleague who had asked for Schumacher’s opinion on a letter he intended to publish in an American newspaper. Schumacher charges him with completely misunderstanding both the political situation and public opinion in the USA. He criticises the German attitude towards...


  14. [SCOTLAND.]

    Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.

    Aberdeen and Edinburgh, 1772-1788.

    An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury;...



    Two volumes of rare periodicals, part-publications and pamphlets related to the passage of the Reform Bill in...

    [Mostly Glasgow, 1832-4.]

    A bound collection of rare periodicals relating to the Scottish Reform Act, including a complete run of The Radical Reformer’s Gazette and sixty-five issues of The Loyal Reformer’s Gazette.


  16. SCOTT, Sir Walter (1771-1832), poet and novelist.

    Copy of a letter to Colin Mackenzie.

    Abbotsford, 26 July [1827].

    Scott here discusses Scottishness with his long-term correspondent Colin Mackenzie. He discusses the gradual loss of the Scottish accent amongst the educated classes of Scotland, who are sent to England for their education, remarking, ‘It is repugnant to my feelings to destroy what seems one of [the]...


  17. SELKIRK, Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of.

    Observations on the present state of the Highlands of Scotland, with a view of the causes...

    London, Longman et al., 1805.

    First edition. ‘In 1792 … Selkirk [1771–1820] undertook an extensive tour through the Scottish Highlands and became convinced that emigration thence was unavoidable. He also recognised the need of some controlling hand to direct it. He first conceived the idea of a settlement at the Red River (what...


  18. [SEXBY, Edward,] and Silius TITUS.

    Killing no Murder, briefly discoursed in three Questions.

    London, [s.n.,] 1734.

    Later edition of Sexby and Titus’s famous apology for tyrannicide. Though a soldier in Cromwell’s New Model Army and an early agitator whose Apologie of the Common Soldiers was influential in the radicalisation of the parliamentary army, Edward Sexby (c. 1616–1658) eventually came...


  19. SHARP, Granville.

    Remarks on the opinions of some of the most celebrated writers on Crown-Law, respecting the due distinction between...

    London, B. White and T. Horsefield, 1773.

    First edition. An attack on the ‘disgraceful practice of duelling’ by the abolitionist Granville Sharp (1735–1813).