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. 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

  2. [WILLIAMS, David.]

    Lessons to a young prince, by an old statesman, on the present disposition in Europe to a general revolution....

    Dublin, William Jones, 1791.

    First Dublin edition of this popular introduction to practical political philosophy by the Welsh polemicist, educationalist, and philosopher David Williams (1738–1816).

    £275

  3. WINTERBOTHAM, William.

    The commemoration of national deliverances, and the dawning day: two sermons, preached November 5th and...

    London, Printed for Wm. Winterbotham, 1794.

    First edition of the two sermons that resulted in the Baptist minister William Winterbotham’s imprisonment for sedition, preached in Plymouth in 1792. The first, a commemoration both of the Gunpowder Plot and of the Glorious Revolution, was perceived as being rather too enthusiastic about the other...

    £350

  4. 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

  5. WOOLRYCH, Humphry W.

    Memoirs of the Life of Judge Jeffreys, sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.

    London, A.J. Valpy for Henry Colburn, 1827.

    First edition of a favourable biography of Judge Jeffreys. A jurist, Humphry William Woolrych (1795–1871) published a life of Edward Coke in 1826 and of Jeffreys the following year, as well as legal texts, a few works of poetry, and a novel. The unrepentant style of this near-hagiography causes...

    £145

  6. WYVILL, Christopher, Rev.

    A more extended Discussion in favour of liberty of conscience. The second edition.

    London, J. Johnson, 1808.

    Second edition, first published the same year. A discussion of the ongoing question of Catholic Emancipation in the wake of the Act of Union between England and Ireland in 1800. Wyvill (1740-1822) was a Scottish-born Yorkshire landowner who advocated universal tolerance.

    £150

  7. WYVILL, Rev. Christopher.

    A Defence of Dr. Price, and the reformers of England.

    [York], W. Blanchard for J. Johnson and J. Stockdale, London, and York, J. Todd, 1792.

    First edition of this moderate radical pamphlet arguing for the legitimate rejoicing of English liberals in both the French Revolution and the success of the American Republic, without their possessing any invidious feeling towards the English constitution: for evidently the Bourbon monarchy was...

    £250

  8. WYVILL, Rev. Christopher

    A letter to the Right Hon. William Pitt …

    York, J. Johnson, [1793].

    First edition of this open letter by the York reformer Christopher Wyvill to Pitt, arguing against the prosecution of the war against revolutionary France, which Wyvill saw as both unwarranted and sufficiently expensive as to cause material hardship in Yorkshire. Wyvill was in any case disappointed...

    £250

  9. ZECH, Franz Xaver.

    Hierarchia ecclesiastica, ad Germaniae Catholicae principia et usum delineata.

    Ingolstadt, Schleig, 1750.

    First edition of a comprehensive exposition of the prerogatives, duties, jurisdiction, authority and responsibilities of the secular and regular German Catholic clergy. Forty tituli set out the legal profiles and relative hierarchy of pope, patriarchs, cardinals, envoys, bishops, canons, members of religious...

    £175