Human Sciences

Contact Jonathan Harrison or Alfred Pasternack

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. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions...

    £12500

  2. ANTONINUS FLORENTINUS.

    De censuris et De sponsalibus et matrimonio.

    Venice, Johannes de Colonia and Johannes...

    A beautiful copy of the first edition...

    £9500

  3. [ARISTOTLE – ELIAS.]

    Biblioteca Armeno-Georgica. I. Commentarii...

    St Petersburg, Academiae Imperialis Scientarum,...

    Uncommon edition, published by the Imperial...

    £250

  4. BACON, Francis.

    Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio,...

    London, Edward Griffin [and John Haviland]...

    First edition, first issue, a copy from...

    £4500

  5. BACON, Francis.

    Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica,...

    London, R. Daniel, impensis Octaviani...

    First edition, second issue (with the...

    £1250

  6. BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.

    The Essayes or counsels, civill and morall...

    Allot. 1629.

    The first posthumous edition, largely...

    £500

  7. BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.

    Letters, Speeches, Charges, Advices, &c...

    London, Andrew Millar, 1763.

    First edition, published by Birch...

    £200

  8. [BALDELLI, Giovanni Battista].

    Elogio di Niccolo’ Machiavelli.

    Londra, 1794. 

    Uncommon first edition of this speech in...

    £325

  9. BALDUINO, Girolamo.

    Quaesitum novum pulcherrimum, ac optatissimum...

    Naples, Raymundus Amatus, 1557.

    Scarce first editions of two early works...

    £1950

  10. [BENDISCIOLI, Faustino.]

    Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema...

    Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia]...

    An impassioned tract attacking the claims...

    £200

  11. BERKELEY, George.

    St Petersburg, O. N. Popov, 1905.

    First Russian edition of George Berkeley’s...

    £1750

  12. BERLIN Isiah.

    The Naiveté of Verdi.

    [New York, The Hudson Review, 1968].

    First edition. Presentations by Berlin...

    £750

  13. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  14. BRADLAUGH, Charles.

    Catalogue of the library of the late Charles...

    London, Mrs H. Bradlaugh Bonner, 1891.

    Only edition of this private production,...

    £500

  15. [BRADLAUGH, Charles, and Annie BESANT.]

    In the High Court of Justice, Queen’s...

    London, Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant...

    First edition of a trial for obscenity...

    £200

  16. BRAY, Charles.

    The philosophy of necessity; or, the law...

    London, Longman et al, 1841.

    First edition. Bray (1811-84), a Coventry...

    £450

  17. BROUGHAM, Lord Henry.

    Lives of men of letters and science who...

    London, Charles Knight and Co., 1845-47.

    First edition of the first volume (1845),...

    £250

  18. BUQUOY, Georg Franz August de Longueval, Freiherr von Vaux, Graf von.

    Anregungen für philosophisch-wissenschaftliche...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1825.

    First edition, rare, of a comprehensive...

    £950

  19. BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques.

    Principes du droit naturel.

    Geneva, Barrillot & fils, 1747.

    First edition of the first work, bound...

    £2500

  20. CARAVADOSSI, Enrico.

    La moderna filosofia convinta d’inganno...

    Turin, Giammichele Brioio, 1793.

    First and seemingly only edition of this...

    £395