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. [CATHERINE II, Empress of Russia].

    Le Czarewitz Chlore. Conte Moral. De main impériale & de maitresse.

    Berlin, Fréderic Nicolaï, Lausanne, François Grasset, 1782.

    First edition, very rare, of a speculum principis of the Enlightenment, by one of the time’s most enlightened monarchs. Le Czarewitz Chlore is a moral tale written by Catherine II of Russia for her two grandsons, the future Alexander I and his younger brother Constantine, while their father and mother,...

    £3000

  2. [CAVALLERI, Paolo Agostino].

    Lettera dall’Adriatico del signor Antonio Bianchi sopra l’opera del sig. Abate D. Nicola Spedalieri.

    Rome, Giovanni Zempel, 1792.

    First edition, uncommon, of this counter-revolutionary polemic written in response to Spedalieri’s I diritti dell’uomo of the previous year and attributed to the Barnabite Paolo Agostino Cavalleri (1742-1803). Spedalieri had attempted a Catholic response to the revolutionary ideas of the rights of...

    £485

  3. [CERI, Giovacchino Domenico.]

    Prodromo all’estirpazione del pirronismo dalla ragion civile d’Italia.

    [Florence?] 1769.

    Only edition, uncommon, of this analysis of the political and legal organisation of Italy, and proposals for its improvement, by the Prato lawyer and historian Giovacchino Domenico Ceri (1734–1798).

    £450

  4. [CHARLES I.]

    The Trial of Charles Stuart, King of England, before the High Court of Justice, for High Treason; 24 Charles I. A.D....

    [London, T.C. Hansard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, … and T.C. Hansard, 1816.]

    Extract from the State Trials, comprising the trial of Charles I for High Treason. The text contains a full transcript of the trial and an account of the preparation for and execution of the sentence of regicide.

    £40

  5. CHEVRET, Jean.

    Épitre a l’humanité et a la patrie en particulier, sur le bon ordre & l’idée de la véritable liberté. Suivie...

    [Paris?], au temple de la vérité, 1789.

    A good copy of this rare essay on the workings of society and the conditions required for human flourishing, by the controversialist and librarian Jean Chevret (1747-1820). After a brief letter addressed to humanity in general and France (even, perhaps, Chevret’s own home town of Meulan) in particular,...

    £285

  6. [CITY OF LONDON.]

    An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch, and Beadles within the City of London, and Liberties thereof;...

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing for the ‘raising and levying of Monies’ for the employment of night-watchmen in the City of London. ‘The said Constables, shall … use their best Endeavours, to prevent Fires, Murders, Burglaries, Robberies, and other Outrages, and Disorders …’. The act...

    £850

  7. [CIVIL LAW.]

    COMMENTARY, in Latin; a complete paper leaf, double columns of 61 lines, the words commented on written in a large...

    Much of the commentary is concerned with legal transactions and gives instructions about how to produce a valid legal document, such as putting the name of the reigning emperor at the start of the text. The commentary also discusses the different professions and occupations such as head of state, judge,...

    £250

  8. CLARKSON, Thomas.

    Memoirs of the private and public Life of William Penn.

    London, Richard Taylor & Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1813.

    First edition, an early biography of the founder and namesake of Pennsylvania. Penned by the abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), the account records highly favourably the life of the Quaker leader, ‘a Statesman, who acted upon Christian principle in direct opposition to the usual policy of the...

    £125

  9. [CLIFFORD, Jeronimy].

    The case of Jeronimy Clifford, merchant and planter of Surinam. Paper, No. 160.

    [London, n.p., 1711].

    First extended account of Clifford’s long-running legal battle with the Dutch West India Company in Surinam over Corcabo, his sugar plantation. The earlier publications had been just four pages long; this work furnishes us with plantation account details and testimonies, chronologically arranged with...

    £1250

  10. 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...

    £1800

  11. 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,...

    £350

  12. 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.

    £300

  13. [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.

    £150

  14. [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...

    £175

  15. [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:...

    £350

  16. [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...

    £450

  17. 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...

    £150

  18. 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...

    £250

  19. [COUSIN D’AVALLON.] 

    Histoire de Toussaint-Louverture, chef des noirs insurgés de Saint-Domingue; précédée d’un coup d’oeil...

    Paris, chez Pillot frères, an X – 1802. 

    First edition, uncommon on the market, of this biography of Toussaint Louverture (1743–1803), former slave and leader of the Haitian Revolution, complete with a famous portrait of him in military dress.  The only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state both free from slavery and...

    £950

  20. 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...

    £450