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. [BROGGIA, Carlo Antonio].

    Memoria ad oggetto di varie politiche ed economiche ragioni e temi di utili raccordi che in causa del...

    [Colophon: Naples, n. p., 15 February 1754].

    Rare first and only edition of this fierce attack against the ministers of Palermo, criticising their acts. The work caused the author to be exiled from Palermo in the year of publication. Broggia, a Neapolitan merchant, is credited as being one of the true developers of a pure theory of taxation. Schumpeter...


  2. [BROOME, Ralph.]

    The Letters of Simpkin the Second, poetic recorder, of all the proceedings, upon the trial, of Warren Hastings,...

    London, Stockdale, 1789.

    Third edition, first published 1788, of this satirical commentary of the trial of Warren Hastings (1732–1818), the former governor of British Bengal who was impeached and tried for corruption. Massively anti-Hastings, Broome begins with a poetic tribute to the managers of the impeachment, and...


  3. BROUGHAM, Henry.

    Present state of the law. The speech of Henry Brougham, Esq., M.P., in the House of Commons, on Thursday, February...

    London, Henry Colburn, 1828.

    First edition of the famous speech by the future Whig Lord Chancellor Henry Brougham on the necessity of a Royal Commission to investigate the state of the English legal system, which was to set in train the fundamental reforms that were enacted in the second third of the nineteenth century. Lasting...


  4. [BURDETT.] COBBETT, William.

    Cobbett’s remarks on Sir F. Burdett’s Letter to his constituents …. Taken from the Weekly political...

    London, T. Broom, [1810.]

    First separate edition. Cobbett's Political Register of 24 March 1810 reprinted The Address of Sir Francis Burdett to his Constituents and prefaced it with a robust defence of Burdett. Here Cobbett's defence appears along with the warrant for Burdett's arrest and his letter challenging...


  5. [BURDETT, Sir Francis.]

    Parliamentary reform. A Full and accurate report of the proceedings at the meeting held at the Crown...

    London, J. H. Hart, 1809.

    First edition, the report of the famous Reform Dinner of 1809. Others on the committee of the ‘Friends of Reform’ included Thomas Brand, Capel Lofft, John Cartwright, and William Frend; 1200 tickets were issued, and were being touted for 5 guineas. A well-known satirical engraving of the event...


  6. BURDETT, Sir Francis.

    Speech … at the Crown and Anchor tavern, July 31, 1810, on the occasion of dining with his constituents,...

    London, W. Burton for J. Barker, 1810.

    First edition. ‘I consider this as one of the proudest and happiest moments of my life …’


  7. [BURDETT, Sir Francis - Trial of.]

    The Trial of Sir Francis Burdett, Bart., at Leicester, on Thursday, March 23d,...

    London, William Hone, 1820.

    First edition of Burdett’s trial for seditious libel after the publication of his Letter to the Electors of Westminster. In response to the Peterloo Massacre of August 1819, Sir Francis Burdett had published a letter calling on the electors of Westminster to ‘join the general voice’...


  8. [BURDETT, Sir Francis.]

    Sentence on Sir F. Burdett, in the court of the King’s Bench, on Thursday, Feb. 8, 1821.

    [London? 1821]

    Very rare broadside printing the speeches of James Scarlett (for the prosecution) and Thomas Denman (for the defence) at the sentencing of Burdett after his conviction for seditious libel in 1820-1.


  9. 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.


  10. BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques.

    Principes du droit naturel.

    Geneva, Barrillot & fils, 1747.

    First edition of the first work, bound with a very early edition of the second work. The Droit politique was first published posthumously in 1751 as the necessary companion to the Droit naturel; when in contemporary bindings, they are sometimes found together in various combinations...


  11. BURNETT, Gilbert.

    The Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale, Kt. Sometime Lord Chief Justice of His Majesties Court of King’s Bench.

    London, Shrowsbury, 1682.

    Second edition, first published 1681, one of two variant issues. Gilbert Burnett (1643–1715), or Burnet, later Bishop Burnet, was an extremely prolific author who took time from his ongoing History of the Reformation (first appearance 1679) to write this Life of the famous jurist of the...


  12. [BYRON.]

    The trial of William Lord Byron, Baron Byron of Rochdale, for the murder of William Chaworth, Esq; before the right honourable...

    London, Samuel Billingsley, 1765.

    Only edition of this comprehensive account of the murder trial of William Lord Byron, great uncle of the poet, in front of the House of Lords. Byron was accused (the facts of the matter were in little doubt) of the murder in a duel of his cousin, William Chaworth, in a dispute over the number...


  13. CAIROL, M. de.

    Réflexions historiques et politiques, sur les revolutions qu’a essuyé l’agriculture sous différens gouvernemens,...

    Amsterdam and Toulouse, Joseph Robert, 1786.

    Very rare essay on the state of agriculture in France, and in particular in the Languedoc, examining the ways in which the policies of various governments (from the Romans and Visigoths onwards) have affected agricultural production, the current situation, and the ways in which matters could be...


  14. CALVERT, William John.

    The demand for labour is wealth … Supplement to monopoly and taxation vindicated against the errors of...

    Newark, M. Hage and London, Longman … 1822.

    Very rare first edition of Calvert’s supplement to his own work, Monopoly and taxation vindicated etc., published in 1821. Calvert wrote anonymously in the name of ‘a Nottinghamshire farmer’, but here uses his name. The supplement argues that Britain’s wealth and military success against France...


  15. [CARLILE.]

    The Medusa; or penny politician. No. 40, Vol 1.

    London, Davison, 20 November 1819.

    Single issue of a very rare radical periodical, containing articles objecting to the imprisonment of Richard Carlile, and a letter by Henry Hunt on the Peterloo Massacre.


  16. CARLILE, Richard.

    The Life of Thomas Paine, written purposely to bind with his writings.

    London, M. A. Carlile, 1820.

    First edition, written by Carlile (1790-1843) during his incarceration in Dorchester prison. ‘His greatest contribution to the radical cause, and the most momentous, was his republishing of the writings of Tom Paine, which he did serially in the Weekly, individually as cheap pamphlets, and also...


  17. CARLILE, Richard.

    A Sketch of the public life and the last trial of Mr Carlile.

    London, James Watson, [c. 1831].

    First edition, rare. In late 1830, Carlile was indicted for writing in support of the Swing disturbances in his journal The Prompter. In January 1831 he appeared at the Old Bailey on charges of seditious libel and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined £200.


  18. CARLILE, Robert.

    New Year’s address to the reformers of Great Britain …

    [London, M. A. Carlile, n.d. but 1821].

    First edition, rare, written from Dorchester Gaol and published by Carlile’s sister Mary-Anne, who continued the London business after Carlile’s imprisonment in November 1819, until the seizure of the stock forced its closure. For the publication of this New Year’s Address, Mary-Anne...


  19. [CAROLINE of Brunswick, Queen.]

    The Trial at large of Her Majesty Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain, in the House...

    London, William Clowes for T. Kelly, 1821.

    First edition of the trial of Queen Caroline. Defended by Henry Brougham and Thomas Denman against allegations presented to the House of Lords on behalf of George IV, Queen Caroline’s cause proved enormously popular; though the bill of pains and penalties, intended to end the King’s marriage and...


  20. CARTWRIGHT, John.

    England’s Aegis; or, the military Energies of the Empire ...

    London, Richard Phillips, 1804.

    First edition, scarce, by the gentleman reformer and former naval officer John Cartwright. ‘Ever the patriot, when Britain was facing possible French invasion he took up a passionate advocacy of the utility of the pike and the creation of an Anglo-Saxon-type militia in his … England’s...