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. [ANON].

    The Dutch drawn to the life…

    London, for Thomas Johnson and H. Marsh, 1664.

    First edition. The book is written as a...

    £975

  2. [AYALA Y AGUILAR, José de.]

    Examen del derecho de vida y muerte, egercido...

    Barcelona, Estivill, 1838.

    First edition of a Cuban treatise of criminal...

    £550

  3. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

    Hopedale and New York, by the author and...

    First edition. Adin Ballou (1803-90), Universalist...

    £650

  4. BARRINGTON, George.

    A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description...

    London, C. Lowndes for H.D. Symonds, [c....

    First and only combined edition,...

    £875

  5. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

    London: Printed by E. Owen, and sold by...

    First edition. Thomas Sutton (1532-1611)...

    £250

  6. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  7. BOOTH, Charles.

    In darkest England and the way out.

    London, Salvation Army, [1890.]

    First edition. ‘In 1890, the same year...

    £250

  8. BOSE, Johann Andreas.

    Introductio generalis in Notitiam Rerum...

    Jenae, J. Bielki, 1676.

    First edition of a pioneering work of...

    £3000

  9. [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

  10. [BYRON.]

    The trial of William Lord Byron, Baron...

    London, Samuel Billingsley, 1765.

    Only edition of this comprehensive account...

    £50

  11. [CAMPOMANES, Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de].

    Discurso sobre el Fomento de la Industria...

    Madrid, D. Antonio de Sancha, 1774.

    First edition; preceding the complementary...

    £400

  12. CAREY, Henry Charles.

    Principles of social science.

    Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1858-1860.

    First edition, a very attractive copy,...

    £1200

  13. [CITY OF LONDON.]

    An Act for the better regulating the Nightly-Watch,...

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing...

    £850

  14. CLARKSON, Thomas.

    Memoirs of the private and public Life...

    London, Richard Taylor & Co. for Longman,...

    First edition, an early biography of the...

    £125

  15. [COAL].

    The miner’s journal. Coal statistical...

    Pottsville, PA, Miners’ Journal Office, 1869.

    First edition, rare. A synopsis of the...

    £250

  16. COMTE, Auguste.

    Cours de philosophie positive.

    Paris, Bachelier, 1830-1842.

    First edition, an attractive set, of...

    £1600

  17. DANSON, John Towne.

    A Contribution towards an Investigation...

    London, M. & W. Collis, 1848.

    First edition, marked ‘for private circulation’,...

    £50

  18. DARROW, Clarence.

    Plea of Clarence Darrow in his own Defense...

    Los Angeles and San Francisco, Goldon...

    First edition of Darrow’s defence, arguably...

    £150

  19. [DODD, William.]

    An Account of the Rise, Progress, and present...

    [London,] W. Faden ‘for the Charity’,...

    First edition of an account of England’s...

    £475

  20. EGGERT, F.F.G.

    Der gewaltsame Tod ohne Verletzung. Ein...

    Berlin, Th.Chr. Fr. Enslin, 1832.

    Uncommon first edition of this guide for...

    £475