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. THANET, Octave, pseudonym of Alice FRENCH, author, and A. B. ZHUROMSKAIA, translator.

    Стачка [Stachka (literally ‘General...

    Saratov, Knigoizdatel’stvo “Nov’” P. S. Feokritov, 1905.

    Apparently first and only Russian edition.


  2. THELWALL, John.

    Sober reflections on the seditious and inflammatory letter of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, to a noble lord. Addressed...

    London, H.D. Symonds, 1796.

    First edition of this attack by the radical orator turned elocution teacher and poet John Thelwall on Burke’s Letter to a noble lord. Burke had argued against the use of pensions, on the grounds that they were in effect a form of political bribery, while at the same time having lobbied...


  3. [THIMS, Gregory.]

    The Protestant informer, or information to all Protestants: shewing the causes and end, of thus unjust warre,...

    London, 1643.

    First and only edition, an anti-Catholic tract associating the Royalist cause in the Civil War with the influence of the Roman church.


  4. [THISTLEWOOD, Arthur.]

    The Trials of Arthur Thistlewood, and others, for high treason, at the Old Bailey Sessions-House, commencing...

    London, Sherwood, Neely, & Jones … and J. Asperne, Cornhill, 1820.

    First edition, a fairly deluxe account by the usual standards, of the Cato Street Conspiracy trials. In 1820 five conspirators, probably from a much larger group of Spenceans centred on the radical Marylebone Union Reading Society, including one black man, Thomas Davidson, were hanged and beheaded...


  5. [THISTLEWOOD, Arthur, et al.]

    High-Treason. The Trials at large of Arthur Thistlewood, Gent., James Watson, the elder, surgeon,...

    London, W. Lewis … 1817.

    First edition, apparently hot off the trial and complete with an artist’s impressions of the defendants in court. This is an account of the Spa Fields ‘Riots’ of December 1816, more of a mass meeting with revolutionary intent, that was quickly dispersed, and at which Henry Hunt was present....


  6. [THOMPSON, Thomas].

    The genuine tryal of Dr. Nosmoth, a physician in Pekin; for the murder of the Mandarine Tonwin…

    London, Mary Cooper, 1746.

    First edition, a satire, putting Dr. Nosmoth, aka Thomas Thompson, on trial for causing the death of ‘Mandarine Tonwin’, aka Thomas Winnington, the Paymaster of the Forces. The somewhat shady circumstances surrounding the death soon attracted the attentions of Society gossip, including being discussed...


  7. [THORNTON, Robert John].

    The Politician’s Creed. Being the Great Outline of Political Science. From the Writings of Montesquieu,...

    London, printed for T. Cox, and sold by Johnson, Robinsons, Owen, and Manson, 1795-6.

    First editions of The Politician’s Creed, by the physician and writer on botany Robert John Thornton (1767-1837). Written as a fundraiser for war widows and orphans, this comprehensive work examines politics as a science, different forms of government and popular responses to them, corruption, the...


  8. TOMPSON, John, editor.

    English Miscellanies consisting of various Pieces of Divinity, Morals, Politicks, Philosophy and History;...

    Gottingen by Abram. Vandenhoeck, Printer and Bookseller to the University 1746.

    Second edition, revised, of John Tompson’s important English Miscellanies, expanded to almost twice the size of the first edition, including up-to-date content published since 1737.


  9. TOOKE, John Horne.

    Two pairs of portraits, presented to all the unbiassed electors of Great-Britain, and especially the electors...

    London, J. Johnson and J. Stockdale, 1788.

    First edition of this celebrated comparison of two generations of Pitts and Foxes, by the clergyman and political radical John Horne Tooke. Although one might have thought him more naturally a Foxite, Tooke never got on with Fox, and here lays out, side by side, the ways in which Pitt father and son...


  10. TOOKE, John Horne.

    A letter to a friend on the reported marriage of his royal highness the Prince of Wales. The second edition.

    London, J. Johnson, 1787.

    Second edition of this letter on the (surreptitious, illegal) marriage of the future George IV to the Catholic commoner Maria Fitzherbert in 1785, by John Horne Tooke. Tooke thinks the charge of impropriety levelled at the marriage is misguided: there had been many previous marriages between monarchs...


  11. [TOOKE, John Horne, and Charles James FOX.]

    Proceedings in an Action for Debt, between the Right Honourable Charles James...

    London, J. Johnson, 1792.

    First (?) edition of a protest against the bribery used in Westminster elections. A popular candidate in the constituency of Westminster, Horne Tooke lacked official backing in the election of 1790 and spent only £28 on his campaign, polling behind Fox and Hood. He subsequently challenged the...


  12. TOWERS, Joseph.

    An Examination into the nature and evidence of the charges brought against Lord William Russel, and Algernon Sydney,...

    London, for the Author, 1773.

    First and only edition of this pamphlet defending two seventeenth-century figures executed for their part in the supposed Popish Plot, Algernon Sydney (1623–1683) and Lord William Russel (1639–1683), who were considered martyrs by the radicals of later centuries. Joseph Towers (1737–1799)...


  13. [TOYNBEE, Arnold.]

    “Progress and poverty,” a criticism of Mr. Henry George. Being two lectures delivered in St. Andrew’s...

    London, Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1883.

    First edition. The transcript of two lectures delivered in 1883 by the social reformer and political economist Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883) criticising Henry George’s Progress and Poverty (1879). Toynbee was convinced that George’s work was too one-sided and sought to mitigate its influence on the...


  14. [TREASON.]

    A Collection of the several Statutes and Parts of Statutes now in Force relating to High Treason and Misprision of High...

    London, Charles Bill and the executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1709.

    First edition, published shortly after the Treason Act 1708, in its contemporary binding. Issued following the revision of laws relating to high treason following the Union of 1707, the texts were printed by the printers to Queen Anne and are often found in black morocco bindings to this design,...


  15. [TREATIES.]

    Volume of tracts on European treaties of peace and alliance.

    Vienna and Amsterdam, 1725-1731.

    A collection of scarce texts relating to the Peace of Vienna (1725) and subsequent treaties of Hanover (1725), Paris (1727), Seville (1729), and Vienna (1731), with contemporary manuscript additions in Italian and French clearly composed by someone in diplomatic service. The collection eloquently...


  16. [TRIALS.]

    Authentick Coppie of the Tryal of Scot and Mackpherson Anno 1712. Laid before the House, pursuant to their Lordships’...

    London: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty. 1737.

    First edition of this London trial of Scottish cattle-rustlers. Donald McPherson, a merchant drover, was driving black cattle from the North of Scotland into England, when he was attacked near the river Tweed by William Laidly, or ‘Scot’, his brother Walter and their gang. McPherson was dragged backwards...


  17. [‘TRUE PATRIOT’.]

    Matter of fact for the multitude. By a true patriot; though neither a member of the Corresponding Society,...

    London, J. Wright, 1798.

    Two pamphlets defending the handling of the Napoleonic Wars by two Pittite governments.


  18. TUGAN-BARANOVSKII, Mikhail Ivanovich.

    Russkaia fabrika v proshlom’ i nastoiashchem’ [The Russian factory in the past and present].

    St Petersburg, L. F. Pantelev, 1898.

    First edition thus, originally issued as the author’s doctoral dissertation in 1894, a historic-economic analysis of Russian factories up to the 19th century. Beginning with a long introductory chapter on the 18th century, the work analyses factory development before and after the emancipation of the...


  19. VALLE, Rolando della.

    Tractatus non minus utilissimus quam necessarius de inventarii confectione.

    Venice, Giovanni Battista Somaschi, 1573 (printed in 1572, dated in the colophon).

    Very rare first edition of the successful Tractatus of the statesman and jurist Rolando della Valle. It is the first work to systematically treat the procedure for the drawing of organized lists or inventories to be used in the practice of inheritance law.



    За антиимпериалистическую солидарность, мир и прогресс! [For...

    Moscow, Izdatelstvo Plakat, 1975.

    A dramatic manifestation of the Soviet Union’s claim to be the foremost enemy of imperialism, and a vehement supporter of independence movements throughout the third world, as demonstrated here by the traditional dress of some of the figures in the background.