Human Sciences

Contact Private: Edmund Brumfitt, Jonathan Harrison, Alfred Pasternack or Barbara Scalvini

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. ERASMUS, Desiderius (Henri ESTIENNE, editor).

    Adagiorum . . . Chiliades quatuor cum sesquicenturia: magna cum diligentia,...

    Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1572 (colophon: ‘Cudebat . . . Ioannes Charron Typographus, quinto Calendas Decembris, anno Domini Millesimo quingentesimo...

    A notable sixteenth-century edition of Erasmus’s Adagia, with the commentary of Henri Estienne first published in 1558. It includes a new appendix (cols. 989–1360) comprising proverbs drawn from other sources.

    £3800

  2. ERASMUS, Desiderius and Gerard LISTRIUS (commentator).

    Moriæ encomium … epistolæ aliquot in fine additæ.

    Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1648.

    Second Maire edition of Erasmus’ Praise of Folly, in a handsome binding by Simier, from the celebrated library of the count De la Bédoyère, and appearing in the catalogues of both dispersals of his library.

    £675

  3. FLORENT DE SALES (pseud.).

    Vrai systême du monde physique et moral.

    [Switzerland,] 1797.

    Only edition, rare, of this utopia, the identity of whose author, and even of whose printer, remains unknown.

    £2500

  4. [FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS.]

    Lo Stato Pontificio agli altri incliti co-stati d’Italia.

    [S.l.,] 1797.

    Anonymous anti-French pamphlet, which saw a number of printings in 1796 and 1797, and calls for a general insurrection against the French in Italy. The pamphlet draws very heavily, albeit without any acknowledgment of its debt, on Francesco Gusta’s 1794 Saggio critico sulle cruciate,...

    £450

  5. GEORGE, Henry.

    Izbrannyia rechi i stat’i … Perevod s Angliiskago S. D. Nikolaeva. [Collected lectures and essays … Translated...

    Moscow, ‘Posrednik’, 1905.

    First edition, very rare: Russian translations of 11 lectures and essays, published by the ‘Posrednik’ publishing house founded by Tolstoy, who was a vocal supporter of George and saw Russia as the natural home for his philosophy on the land question.

    £1500

  6. GEORGE, Henry.

    A perplexed philosopher, being an Examination of Mr. Herbert Spencer’s various Utterances on the Land Question,...

    New York, Charles L. Webster & Company, 1892.

    First edition of George’s examination of Spencer’s stance on the land question. Asking the reader ‘to judge for himself Mr. Spencer’s own public declarations’ (p. 8), the political economist, popular orator, and politician Henry George (1839-1897) dismantles the arguments of the British liberal...

    £30

  7. GIORDANO, Vito.

    Il giudice di se stesso. Naples, Gaetano Tardano, 1793.

    Naples, Gaetano Tardano, 1793. [bound with]: Il conoscitore del mondo. Naples, Gioacchino Milo, 1796.

    Two very uncommon works on philosophical and legal themes by the Neapolitan lawyer and judge Vito Giordano.

    £550

  8. GIZZI [or GITTIO], Andrea Giuseppe.

    Lo scettro del despota, overo del titolo, e dignità dispotale, discorso istorico,...

    Naples, G. Raillard, 1697.

    Only edition of this extraordinary and rare study of legal, ceremonial, and political roles of the despot, a class of prince akin to a king and beneath an emperor in the power structures of both the Byzantine world and Renaissance Italy, and thus a title used both in Venice and throughout the...

    £3000

  9. GROUCHY, Nicolas de.

    Praeceptiones dialecticae, Nicolao Gruchio Rotomagensi authore. Disputatio eiusdem, quid de nomine dialectices...

    Paris, Gabriel Buon, 1563.

    Grouchy’s abstract of his lectures on logic and Aristotelian dialectic. Grouchy spent 12 years in Bordeaux (1535-47) as professor of rhetoric at the Collège de Guyenne (the top class was called “Classe de Rhétorique”), and his book became part of the Collège’s published syllabus for the two-year...

    £750

  10. [GUARINI, Giambattista Lascaris].

    Ragionamenti filosofici.

    Rome, Gioacchino Puccinelli, 1785 [-6].

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this collection of 33 essays on scientific and philosophical subjects, published with the aspiration to provide a complete course of physics and philosophy. The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with materialism and idealism, the physical attributes of bodies,...

    £1500

  11. GURNEY, Joseph John.

    Notes on a Visit made to some of the Prisons in Scotland and the North of England, in Company with Elizabeth...

    London, R. & A. Taylor for Edinburgh, Archibald Constable & Co., and London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Browne, and Hurst, Robinson, &...

    First edition of an influential work on prison reform. The first work on prison conditions by John Joseph Gurney (1788-1847), reporting on a visit to Scotland and northern England with his sister, the more prolific reformer Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845). From 1816 Fry had worked directly on the reform...

    £150

  12. HALE, Matthew, Sir.

    Contemplations moral and divine, in two Parts.

    London, D. Brown, J. Walthoe, J. Sprint, M. Wotton, G. Conyers, and D. Midwinter, 1711.

    An early eighteenth-century edition of Hale’s Contemplations in attractive contemporary English morocco. Though first and foremost a jurist, judge, and Commonwealth parliamentarian, Matthew Hale (1609–1676) wrote widely and extensively on other subjects: his Contemplations, first...

    £450

  13. [HOLBERG, Ludvig, Baron].

    Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum novam telluris theoriam...

    Copenhagen and Leipzig, Jacob Preuss, 1741.

    First edition of a classic utopian novel, the archetypal journey to the centre of the Earth.

    £500

  14. HOLYOAKE, George Jacob.

    The last Trial for alleged Atheism in England: A Fragment of Autobiography … third Edition, revised....

    London, Austin Holyoake for Holyoake & Co., 1861.

    Two scarce works by Holyoake, third and first editions. A freethinker, George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906) was a prominent lecturer and writer, first as an Owenite until the movement’s collapse and subsequently as a secularist and radical. His trial for atheism, the result of a flippant comment in 1842,...

    £150

  15. HURLBUT, E.P., and George COMBE.

    Essays on human Rights, and their political Guaranties.

    New York, Fowlers & Wells, Phrenological Cabinet, 1848.

    ‘Fifth thousandth’. A collection of ten essays by the jurist E.P. Hurlbut, refuting Bentham’s denial of human rights and tentatively advocating the enfranchisement of women: ‘There seems to be no escape from the claims of woman to the full rights of citizenship, whether she is considered as possessing...

    £175

  16. [ISELIN, Isaak]. [WANDALL, Peder Topp trans.]

    Philosophiske og Patriotiske Drømme af en Menneskeven. Oversatte af Peder Topp Wandall.

    Copenhagen, Frig. Stein, 1774.

    First Danish edition of Iselin’s earliest work, the very successful Filosofische und patriotische Träume. First published in 1755, a couple of years after his deeply affecting journey to France, having met among others Rousseau, Fontenelle and Buffon. His reformist version of utopia, a response to...

    £400

  17. [KAMES, Henry HOME, Lord].

    Grundsaetze der Kritik, aus dem Englischen übersetzt, von Joh. Nikolaus Meinhard. Vienna, Johann Thomas...

    Vienna, Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1785-6.

    A Viennese reprint of the first German translation of the Elements of criticism, by Meinhard with the approval of Lessing, first issued in 1763-66, instrumental in the dissemination and reception of Kames’s aesthetic theories in Germany and a seminal publication in the formation of pre-Romantic aesthetics.

    £250

  18. KANT, Immanuel.

    Kritika chistago razuma.

    St. Petersburg, M.V. Popov, 1902.

    Third Russian edition of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, first published in German in 1781, and in Russian in 1867, in the translation by N. Sokolov which had first appeared in 1897.

    £850

  19. KANT, Immanuel. 

    Opera ad philosophiam criticam.  Volumen primum, cui inest Critica rationis purae Latine vertit Fredericus Gottlob...

    Leipzig, Engelhard Benjamin Schwickert, 1796.

    First Latin translation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, extensively annotated by a contemporary critical hand.

    £2500

  20. KOCH, Mansuetus.

    Philosophia transnaturalis, sive metaphysica, centum assertionibus comprehensa, et publicae disputationi in celeberrimo...

    Augsburg, Maria Magdalena Utzschneiderin, 1697.

    Only edition (complete despite the pagination) of this dissertation defended at the Augustinian college in Rottenbuch, attempting to provide a survey of metaphysics in one hundred paragraphs. The work explains, among other matters, the scope and purpose of metaphysics, the basis of Aristotelian metaphysics,...

    £225