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. [AQUHORTIES College.]

    Abstract of the Rules and Regulations for...

    [At foot:] Edinburgh: Printed by J. Moir,...

    Broadside rules for the newly established...

    £850

  2. ARNOTT, Neil; Alexander BAIN and Alfred Swaine TAYLOR (editors).

    Elements of physics or natural philosophy....

    London, Longmans, Green and Co., 1876.

    Presentation copy of the seventh...

    £250

  3. [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

  4. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

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

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

    £650

  5. BARRINGTON, George.

    A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description...

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

    First and only combined edition,...

    £875

  6. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

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

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

    £250

  7. [BEER.]

    Jenaischer allgemeiner Bier-Comment nebst...

    ‘Eschwig, Otter & Kunitz, 183*.’

    An apparently unrecorded humorous handbook...

    £375

  8. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  9. BOOTH, Charles.

    In darkest England and the way out.

    London, Salvation Army, [1890.]

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

    £250

  10. BOSE, Johann Andreas.

    Introductio generalis in Notitiam Rerum...

    Jenae, J. Bielki, 1676.

    First edition of a pioneering work of...

    £3000

  11. [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

  12. [BYRON.]

    The trial of William Lord Byron, Baron...

    London, Samuel Billingsley, 1765.

    Only edition of this comprehensive account...

    £50

  13. [CAMBRIDGE.] 

    Tract volume of nine scarce works of poetry,...

    London and Cambridge, 1765-1823. 

    Including:

    £1200

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

    Discurso sobre el Fomento de la Industria...

    Madrid, D. Antonio de Sancha, 1774.

    First edition; preceding the complementary...

    £400

  15. CAREY, Henry Charles.

    Principles of social science.

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

    First edition, a very attractive copy,...

    £1200

  16. [CARLILE.]

    The Medusa; or penny politician. No. 40, Vol 1.

    London, Davison, 20 November 1819.

    Single issue of a very rare radical...

    £50

  17. [CITY OF LONDON.]

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

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing...

    £850

  18. CLARKSON, Thomas.

    Memoirs of the private and public Life...

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

    First edition, an early biography of the...

    £125

  19. [COAL].

    The miner’s journal. Coal statistical...

    Pottsville, PA, Miners’ Journal Office, 1869.

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

    £250

  20. COMTE, Auguste.

    Cours de philosophie positive.

    Paris, Bachelier, 1830-1842.

    First edition, an attractive set, of...

    £1600