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. CLIFFORD, Jeronimy.

    The case and replication of the legal representatives of Jeronimy Clifford; a British subject; and late merchant...

    London, C. Say, 1763.

    First edition of this comprehensive summary of the Clifford case in four parts. The work covers the years 1667-1737, the years of the case as it proceeded after Clifford’s death, followed by the latest details of the case presented on 7 October 1762 and the replication of the lawyers acting in Clifford’s...


  2. COBBETT, William.

    A Collection of facts and observations, relative to the peace with Buonaparte, chiefly extracted from the Porcupine...

    London, Cobbett and Morgan, 2 November 1801.

    First edition, collecting anti-Jacobin articles from Cobbett’s Porcupine 51 June to 27 October 1801, alongside eight letters by him to Lord Hawkesbury, and nine appendices of treaties and speeches. The Porcupine, launched as an independent newspaper by Cobbett in October 1800,...


  3. COBBETT, William.

    Le Maitre d’anglais, ou grammaire raisonné … troisième edition …

    Paris, Warée l’aîné, et al. 1803.

    Third (second Paris) edition, with tables and explanatory notes added by Scipion Duroure.


  4. [COBBETT, William.]

    The Bloody buoy, thrown out as a warning to the political pilots of America; or a faithful relation of a multitude...

    Paradise (PA), Henry Witmer, 1823.

    An enumeration of the worst horrors of the French Revolution first published in Philadelphia in 1796 – this is a reprint of the second edition of the same year.


  5. [COBBETT, William.]

    Porcupine’s political Censor, for November 1796, containing Observations on the insolent and seditious Notes...

    Philadelphia, William Cobbett, November 1796.

    Cobbett’s response to Minister Adet and the ‘Gallic usurpers’. Resident in America from 1792 until 1800, William Cobbett (1763–1835) wrote as ‘an anti-Jacobin polemicist’ who ‘identified his politics most closely with the federalists – the pro-British and anti-French faction under...


  6. [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, and Robert SOUTHEY.]

    The Devil’s walk; a poem. By Professor Porson. Edited with a biographical...

    London, Marsh and Miller ... and Constable and Co. Edinburgh, [1830].

    First separate edition, first issue with pages 21 and 22 omitted in the pagination. In its earliest form the poem appeared (anonymously) in the Morning Post for 6 September 1799 as ‘The Devil’s Thoughts’. Shelley published a response and continuation in 1812, The Devil's Walk:...


  7. [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, and Robert SOUTHEY.]

    The Devil’s Walk; a poem … edited with a biographical memoir and notes...

    London, Marsh and Miller, and Edinburgh, Constable, [1830].

    First separate edition of The Devil’s Walk, second issue, with pp. 23-24 cancelled as opposed to pp. 21-22 in the first. In its earliest form the poem appeared (anonymously) in the Morning Post for 6 September 1799, as "The Devil's Thoughts". In 1827 Southey amplified the poem...


  8. CONSTANT, Benjamin.

    Discours de M. Benjamin Constant à la Chambre des Députés.

    Paris, Ambroise Dupont, 1827-8.

    First edition of a collection of speeches delivered to the Chamber of Deputies by Benjamin Constant whose eloquence and oratorical skill led him to become a leader of the parliamentary block known first as the indépentants and later as libérals. One of the first liberals to go by the name, he was the...


  9. COOKE, Edward.

    Memorabilia, or, the most remarkable passages and counsels collected out of the several declarations and speeches...

    London, for Nevil Simmons, Tho. Simmons, and Sam. Lee, 1481 [i.e. 1681].

    First edition, scarce on the market, of this compendium by the legal writer and lawyer Edward Cooke (fl. 1680-1682), written during the hysteria of the Popish Plot and the Exclusion Crisis under Charles II. Cooke joined the polemical battle to exclude the openly Catholic James, duke of York, from...


  10. COWLEY, John.

    The Candidates Guide: or the Electors Rights decided. Shewing the Resolutions of the Honble the Commons of Great...

    London: Printed for J. Brindley ... and sold by Mrs. Dodd ... and by the Booksellers of London and Westminster: likewise in most great Towns...

    First edition of a guide to electoral rights ‘from the controverted Election for New-Castle-Under-Line, in April 1624, to that of Weymouth in May 1730’. Based on the Commons journals, Cowley assembles an alphabetical list of who can vote in each borough. In Lichfield, for example, the right is held...



    ‘Recueil des Pieces’.

    France, 1744-1749.

    An extraordinary sammelband of 75 pamphlets – 27 of which are recorded in only 3 or fewer libraries on OCLC – mostly relating to successful French exploits throughout Europe during the War of the Austrian Succession, including the Dutch and Italian campaigns and the conclusion of the war.


  12. [CURLL, Edmund.]

    The Case of Dr. Sacheverell, represented in a Letter to a noble Lord.

    London, [s.n.,] 1710.

    First and only edition of a pamphlet in defence of Sacheverell, addressed to the Duke of Beaufort. Brought to trial before the House of Lords after publishing an inflammatory sermon, Henry Sacheverell (1674–1724) would be found guilty and banned from preaching for three years. Though critical...


  13. DARROW, Clarence.

    Plea of Clarence Darrow in his own Defense to the Jury that exonerated him of the Charge of Bribery at Los Angeles,...

    Los Angeles and San Francisco, Goldon Press, 1912.

    First edition of Darrow’s defence, arguably his most brilliant speech. A prominent member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a lawyer for the labour movement, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was implicated in attempts to bribe jurors while defending the McNamara brothers on behalf of the American...



    Théorie des lois sociales.

    Paris, Demonville, An XII (1804).

    First edition of Dauray de Brie’s survey of ‘natural order’. Published in the year of Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor of France, the author’s tendency is anti-revolutionary, rejecting Rousseau’s statement that rule of a minority is against the natural order. Rather Dauray de Brie deplores...


  15. [DAVISON, Thomas – Trial of.]

    The Trial of Thomas Davison, for publishing a blasphemous libel in the Deists’ Magazine,...

    London, printed for the editor by R. Helder, 1820.

    First edition of this account of the trial of the radical journalist and publisher Thomas Davison (1794 – 1826), friend and supporter of Richard Carlile. Davison’s publication of material critical of the Bible in his Deist’s Magazine resulted in his conviction for blasphemy, for which...


  16. [D’ISRAELI, Isaac, attributed author].

    Domestic Anecdotes of the French nation, during the last thirty years. Indicative...

    London, C. and G. Kearsley, 1794.

    First edition of this collection of observations of French society and letters in the approach to the Revolution, attributed to the prolific author and critic Isaac d’Israeli (1766–1848), father of Benjamin.


  17. DOBB, Maurice.

    On economic theory and socialism. Collected papers.

    London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956.

    First edition, second impression. This work includes Dobb’s critique of ‘market socialism’ as developed by Oscar Lange and Abba Lerner, which first appeared in the Economic Journal, (1933).


  18. [DORIA LANDI, Giovanni Andrea IV, Prince of Melfi.]

    Sammelband of 14 items relating to divorce proceedings brought by his wife...

    Rome and Paris, 1725-1739.

    A fascinating sammelband of very rare texts (many not on OCLC) detailing divorce proceedings brought by Giovanna Maria Teresa Doria (1710-1750) against her husband Giovanni Andrea IV Doria Landi (1705-1764), prince of Melfi. The couple were married in 1726 and remained childless, with Teresa alleging...


  19. DOUBLEDAY, Thomas.

    The Touchstone: a series of letters on social, literary, and political subjects. Originally published in the...

    Newcastle, R. Todd, 1863.

    First edition. Thomas Doubleday (1790–1870), the son of a Newcastle soap manufacturer, ‘was a radical of Cobbett’s stamp [and] of great influence during the agitation for the Reform Act of 1832’ (Palgrave I, 634). He had also indirectly attacked Malthus in The True Law of Population shewn to...


  20. [DUNDAS, Henry].

    The Trial, by impeachment, of Henry Lord Viscount Melville, for high crimes and misdemeanours, before the House...

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme. 1806.

    First edition of this report of the last impeachment trial to be held in the House of Lords, of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, accused of the misappropriation of public money while treasurer of the admiralty between 1782 and 1800.
    Presided over by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Erskine, the trial...