Human Sciences

Contact 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. ACTON, William.

    Prostitution, considered in its moral,...

    London, [Savill and Edwards for] John...

    First edition of this medico-social analysis...

    £1250

  2. [ANON.] 

    Le moine galant, ou la vie de Don F…...

    [S.l., s.n.,] 1756. 

    Scarce first edition of this satirical...

    £450

  3. [AQUHORTIES College.]

    Abstract of the Rules and Regulations for...

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

    Broadside rules for the newly established...

    £850

  4. [AYALA Y AGUILAR, José de.]

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

    Barcelona, Estivill, 1838.

    First edition of a Cuban treatise of criminal...

    £250

  5. BALFOUR, Arthur James, first Earl of Balfour.

    Letter, signed, to ‘Sir John’.

    London, 10 Downing Street, 28 June 1901.

    A letter from Arthur Balfour, as first...

    £300

  6. BALLOU, Adin.

    Practical Christian socialism: a conversational...

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

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

    £450

  7. BARRINGTON, George.

    A Voyage to Botany Bay with a Description...

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

    First and only combined edition,...

    £875

  8. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

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

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

    £250

  9. BEAUMONT, Gustave-Auguste de la Bonninière de.

    Autograph letter signed (‘Gustave de...

    Birmingham, 27 June [1835].

    A warm and personal autograph documenting...

    £350

  10. [BEER.]

    Jenaischer allgemeiner Bier-Comment nebst...

    ‘Eschwig, Otter & Kunitz, 183*.’

    An apparently unrecorded humorous handbook...

    £375

  11. [BOOKBINDER.]

    Sentence rendue en la chambre criminelle...

    Paris, Jean-Charles Desaint, 1782.

    Scarce pamphlet documenting the misdemeanours...

    £575

  12. BOOTH, Charles.

    In darkest England and the way out.

    London, Salvation Army, [1890.]

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

    £50

  13. BOSE, Johann Andreas.

    Io. Andr. Bosii introductio generalis in...

    Jenae, Johann Bielke, 1676.

    First edition of a pioneering work of statistics...

    £1500

  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 … In three...

    Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1858-1859.

    First edition, a very attractive copy,...

    £500

  16. CHERUBINI, Luigi.

    Autograph note signed ‘L. Cherubini’...

    [Paris,] 19 December 1825.

    A short note in which the composer and...

    £350

  17. CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of.

    Letters written … to his Son, Philip...

    London: Printed for Dodsley … 1777.

    Eighth edition, textually insignificant...

    £250

  18. [CITY OF LONDON.]

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

    [London, 1737].

    Rare first edition of an act providing...

    £150

  19. [COAL].

    The miner’s journal. Coal statistical...

    Pottsville, PA, Miners’ Journal Office, 1869.

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

    £125

  20. COMTE, Auguste.

    Cours de philosophie positive.

    Paris, Bachelier, 1830-1842.

    First edition, an attractive set, of...

    £1600