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.
De censuris et De sponsalibus et matrimonio.
Venice, Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 23 September 1474.
A beautiful copy of the first edition of these two treatises on excommunication and marriage by Antoninus (1389–1459), Dominican friar and Archbishop of Florence (from 1446), taken from book III of his great work, the Summa theologica moralis, which was not printed in its entirety until 1485.
ANTONIUS de Vercellis.
Sermones quadragesimales de XII mirabilibus Christianae fidei excellentiis [with additions by Ludovicus...
Venice, Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio [for Alexander Calcedonius], 16 February 1492/93.
A remarkable copy of the first edition of Antonius de Vercellis’s sermons, owned and annotated by three contemporary Franciscans, one of whom, Andrea Alamanni, may be the confessor who administered Machiavelli’s last rites.
[ARISTOTLE – ELIAS.]
Biblioteca Armeno-Georgica. I. Commentarii in Aristotelis Categorias Eliae commentatori adscripti versio...
St Petersburg, Academiae Imperialis Scientarum, 1911.
Uncommon edition, published by the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, of the Armenian translation of the commentaries on Aristotle’s Categories by the sixth-century Christian philosopher and commentator Elias.
ARNOTT, Neil; Alexander BAIN and Alfred Swaine TAYLOR (editors).
Elements of physics or natural philosophy. By Neil...
London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1876.
Presentation copy of the seventh edition of Arnott's classic work, which first appeared in 1827 and was translated into every major European language. One of the founders of the University of London and physician-extraordinary to Queen Victoria, Arnott invented one of the first forms of the waterbed.
Opuscula varia posthuma, philosophica, civilia, et theologica, nunc primum edita. Cura & fide Guilielmi Rawley…...
London, R. Daniel, impensis Octaviani Pulleyn, 1658.
First edition, second issue (with the imprint R. Daniel, rather than R. Danielis) of this collection of the philosophical, political, and theological writings of Bacon, including numerous essays previously unpublished, and the first appearance of William Rawley’s biographical sketch of the philosopher....
Francisci Baconi, Baronis de Verulamio, Vice-Comitis Sancti Albani, operum moralium et civilium tomus … cura...
London, Edward Griffin [and John Haviland] for Richard Whitaker [and John Norton], 1638.
First edition, first issue, a copy from the celebrated Albani library: tangible witness to the early and fecund reception of Bacon’s thought in the circles of Galileian science in Italy.
BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.
The Essayes or counsels, civill and morall … Newly enlarged.
London, John Haviland, and are sold by R. Allot. 1629.
The first posthumous edition, largely a reprint of the definitive edition of 1625, in which the essays had been enlarged ‘both in Number, and Weight; So that they are indeed a New Worke’.
BACON, Sir Francis, Baron Verulam.
Letters, Speeches, Charges, Advices, &c … now first published by Thomas Birch,...
London, Andrew Millar, 1763.
First edition, published by Birch from papers left by Bacon to his executor John Rawley, and passing thence to Thomas Tenison, Edmund Gibson, and eventually the library at Lambeth.
[BALDELLI, Giovanni Battista].
Elogio di Niccolo’ Machiavelli.
Uncommon first edition of this speech in praise of Machiavelli, given to the Reale Accademia Fiorentina on August 7th 1794 by the Florentine soldier, politician, and historian Giovanni Battista Baldelli Boni (1766–1831).
Quaesitum novum pulcherrimum, ac optatissimum contra Scotum, ac communem viam in quo enucleatur an de subiecto...
Naples, Raymundus Amatus, 1557.
Scarce first editions of two early works on Aristotelian logic by Girolamo Balduino, an important member of the Paduan school of Aristotelian commentators who have been recognised in recent scholarship as a crucial link between traditional logic and science and the new, Galilean methodologies....
[BARSANTI, Pier Vincenzo.]
Della futura rinnovazione de’ cieli e della terra e de’ suoi abitatori libri tre.
[Florence,] Stamperia Bonducciana, 1780.
First edition of this utopia by the Tuscan Dominican Pier Vincenzo Barsanti.
Quadro ossia saggio epilogato del Sistema di liberta’ proclamato dai Francesi.
Milan, Stamperia [dei Patrioti d’Italia] di Strada Nuova, .
An impassioned tract attacking the claims of a new life of liberty promoted in Europe after the French Revolution, very rarely to be found in any of the three editions published in the same year.
[BERINGTON, Simon, adapted by Jean-Baptiste DUPUY-DEMPORTES.]
Memoires de Gaudence de Luques, prisonnier de l’Inquisition...
Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1754.
Second edition of this much expanded and altered translation of Berington’s celebrated utopian novel, Memoirs of Sigr Gaudentio di Lucca (1737). The Memoirs enjoyed immense popularity, undergoing at least twelve eighteenth-century editions in English and contemporary translations...
St Petersburg, O. N. Popov, 1905.
First Russian edition of George Berkeley’s Principles of Human Knowledge, translated by E. Dobolsky and edited by N.G. Dobolsky. The text, on the chief causes of error and difficulty in the sciences, examining the grounds of scepticism, atheism and irreligion, was first published in Dublin in 1710,...
The Naiveté of Verdi.
[New York, The Hudson Review, 1968].
First edition. Presentations by Berlin are rare, and this one is presumed to be for one of his closest friends, Stephen Spender. Spender had dedicated his World within World (1951) to Berlin, and this inscription most probably refers to Berlin’s forthcoming Four Essays on Liberty (1969) dedicated to...
[BOLINGBROKE, Henry St John, Viscount.]
Letters, on the Spirit of Patriotism: on the Idea of a Patriot King: and on the...
London: Printed for A. Millar … 1749.
First authorised edition, following a suppressed piracy by Pope. Written in 1738 for the Prince of Wales, the manuscript had been entrusted to Pope, who had it printed, to Bolingbroke’s fury: he bought up the entire edition and had it burnt in October 1744 (only two imperfect copies survive,...
Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft in einer beurtheilenden Uebersicht.
Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.
First edition of this critical summary of the greatest works of Bolzano, The Theory of Science and The Science of Religion, first published in four-volume sets in 1837 and 1834, copiously illustrated with citations from the original texts.
Catalogue of the library of the late Charles Bradlaugh.
London, Mrs H. Bradlaugh Bonner, 1891.
Only edition of this private production, printed by Bradlaugh’s daughter, Hypatia, at the press of her husband, a printer, ‘not merely to publish a descriptive list of the volumes contained in the library in order to facilitate their sale, but to make somewhat of a memento of Mr Bradlaugh himself’...
[BRADLAUGH, Charles, and Annie BESANT.]
In the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, June 18th, 1877: The Queen v. Charles...
London, Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant for the Freethought Publishing Company, .
First edition of a trial for obscenity over birth control. Having established the Freethought Publishing Company in January of the same year, the freethinkers Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant in March 1877 reissued Knowlton’s Fruits of Philosophy, a treatise on birth control published in America...
BROUGHAM, Lord Henry.
Lives of men of letters and science who flourished in the time of George III … with portraits, engraved...
London, Charles Knight and Co., 1845-47.
First edition of the first volume (1845), later edition of the second volume (dated 1847, first published 1846) of Brougham’s lives which includes Voltaire, Hume, Davy, Johnson, and Adam Smith to name a few stars in the firmament of the reign of George III, or, in Brougham’s terms, the ‘Augustan...