Human Sciences

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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. FERRI, Giovanni.

    Discours sur les principes de l’education lycéenne, prononcé a l’inauguration du Lycée d’Angers par J.L....

    Angers, Frères Mame, 1806.

    Only edition, rare, of this speech by the Italian writer and educationalist Giovanni Ferri de St. Constant (1755-1830), on the inauguration of the Lycée at Angers. Ferri, who had worked in France before the radicalisation of the revolution had led to his exile in England, had returned to France...

    £225

  2. [GILLET, Robert].

    The Hundred Thoughts of a young Lady, published in English and French by A.J. Lemierre. To which are added moral...

    A Paris, chez Cordier et Legras, 1800.

    Second Paris edition, scarce, of this conduct book for young women, a paginary reprint of the Paris edition of 1798. ‘This little book has been composed by mistress Gillet, a young and celebrated Institutrice in London’, though this is possibly an imposture as the first edition is stated as...

    £300

  3. [GOURAUD, Stéphane, known as:] GURO, Stepan Andreevich, chevalier de.

    Rech’ o deistvii prosveshcheniia na sostoianie narodov …...

    St Petersburg, Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1826.

    First edition. This early speech on the importance of higher education was delivered by the rector of the recently founded University of St Petersburg in his native French (and in a somewhat florid style, to judge from the Russian translation by Nikita Butyrsky, a fellow academic and translator of Schiller)....

    £400

  4. GREGORY, John.

    A Father’s Legacy to his Daughters … the second Edition.

    London, W. Strahan and T. Cadell, and Edinburgh, W. Creech, 1774.

    ‘Second edition’ of Gregory’s Legacy to his Daughters, published immediately after the first. Written following the death of the author’s wife in 1761, the text was not intended for publication, rather to provide posthumous guidance for his two daughters, whom he brought up ‘in...

    £275

  5. GUILLIÉ, Sebastien.

    Essai sur l’instruction des aveugles, ou exposé analytique des procédés employés pour les instruire …

    Paris, ‘imprimé par les aveugles’, 1817.

    First edition. ‘Guillié [1780–1865] established the first ophthalmological clinic in France and became director of the Institution Royale des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris. The Institution, founded by Haüy in 1785, was the first such school for the blind in the world. The author chronicles the...

    £200

  6. HADLEY, Arthur Twining.

    Economics. An account of the relations between private property and public welfare.

    New York and London, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1896.

    First edition. ‘In Economics Hadley went further than Marshall by explicitly developing the interrelations between property rights, economic evolution and economic efficiency. Hadley utilized the real world examples of the fisheries and mining to demonstrate the impact of ill-defined property rights...

    £175

  7. HAREL, Charles.

    Ménage sociétaire ou Moyen d’augmenter son bien-être en diminuant sa dépense, avec indication de quelques...

    Paris, Bureau de la Phalange, à la librairie Sociale, 1839.

    1. First edition of this work by the entrepreneur and inventor Charles Harel (1771-1852), a friend and disciple of Charles Fourier’s. This plan describes Harel’s project for the founding of a community of 200 celibates: a utopia of communal life detailing rules (‘love’, ‘the library’etc.)...

    £975

  8. [HITLER, Adolf].

    Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

    London, Hutchinson & Co., 1939.

    First wholly unabridged and accurate English language edition. The first English edition of Mein Kampf had appeared in October 1933, and in 1938 Reynal & Hitchcock received the rights to publish a translation of the full work. The resulting production was replete with errors and mistranslations, and...

    £750

  9. HUGHES, Langston and BONTEMPS, Arna (edit.); ZHANG QI (transl.).

    Hei ren shi xuan [The poetry of the Negro].

    Beijing, Renmin wenxue chubanshe, 1959.


    Very rare second edition (first edition 1957) of the Chinese translation of The poetry of the Negro, 1746 – 1949, an anthology of poems by African American writers first published in the United States in 1949 and including, amongst others, George Moses Horton, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Lawrence...

    £500

  10. HUNT, Henry.

    Investigation at Ilchester gaol, in the county of Somerset, into the conduct of William Bridle, the gaoler, before...

    London: Thomas Dolby, 1821.

    First edition in book form of this comprehensive report into the abuses observed at the 'Ilchester Bastille' by Henry Hunt during his imprisonment there. The radical orator, and later MP for Preston, Henry Hunt, who was imprisoned at Ilchester Gaol for his role in the Peterloo massacre of 1819:...

    £275

  11. ‘HURLBUT’ [i.e. HURLBERT], William Henry.

    Pictures of Cuba.

    London: M’Corquodale and Co. for Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1855.

    First British edition, revised and retitled, issued in the ‘Traveller’s Library’ series. Pictures of Cuba was first published under the title Gan-Eden: or, Pictures of Cuba (Boston: 1854), and Hurlbert (1827-1895) states in his preface that, ‘In the short time that has elapsed...

    £150

  12. [INDUSTRIOUS POOR, Charitable Corporation for the Relief of.]

    The present state of the unhappy sufferers of the Charitable Corporation...

    London, [n.p.], 1733.

    First and only edition of an anonymous plea to Parliament for the rescue of the Charitable Corporation for the Relief of the Industrious Poor, a pawnbroker which granted credit at low interest to the ‘deserving poor’ who left a pledge. Founded in 1707, in the 1720s the Corporation came under scrutiny...

    £350

  13. [ISLE OF WIGHT].

    By-laws for the regulation and government of the Poor, in the House of Industry, in the Isle of Wight.

    Newport, J. Mallett, 1789.

    First edition thus of a rare survival (two other copies known), documenting the transition from the Poor Relief Act of 1662 to the New Poor Law. The Isle of Wight was granted a licence to manage a House of Industry in 1771. This book of its by-laws consequently reflects the growing belief that the poor...

    £1500

  14. JUSSIEU, Antoine Laurent de.

    Genera plantarum secundum ordines naturales disposita, juxta methodum in horto region parisiensi exaratam,...

    Paris, widow Herissant, and Theophile Barrois, 1789.

    An extensively annotated copy of the first natural classification of flowering plants, derived by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748–1836) from the unpublished work of his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu (1699–1777). Though de Jussieu’s associate Michel Adanson had introduced the concept of natural classification...

    £350

  15. JUSSIEU, Laurent Pierre de.

    Antoine et Maurice. Ouvrage qui a obtenu le prix proposé par la Société Royale pour l’amélioration...

    Paris, L. Colas, 1821.

    First edition, rare, of this unsurprisingly moralising novel by the writer, geologist, and natural historian Laurent Pierre de Jussieu (1792-1866), written in response to a competition held by the Royal Society of the Improvement of Prisons to find the best book to circulate amongst inmates.

    An 1837...

    £400

  16. KARG, Stanislaus (pr.), Celso EISENMAN and Eccard HOCHENBAUM (resp.).

    Fur theologicè examinatus, & in judicio sacramentali ad...

    Munich, Johann Lucas Straub, 1712.

    Only edition, rare, of this dissertation on the theological and legal aspects of theft and restitution, presented to the distinguished canon lawyer, and author of the monumental Manuale theologico-canonico-legale practicum, Stanislaus Karg. Divided into four sections, the work examines the nature of...

    £295

  17. [KNIGHT, Charles.]

    The Elephant, principally viewed in Relation to Man: A new Edition, revised by the Author.

    London, William Clowes & Sons for Charles Knight & Co., 1844.

    First editions of treatises on the elephant and the horse, from Charles Knight’s Library of Entertaining Knowledge. The equine text gives accounts of horses and related species in several cultures and climes, and, with The Elephant, forms two works from a series of three, on ‘the three...

    £275

  18. KOCH, Manfred (pr.), Primo SCHLECHTEN and Feliciano SCHARRER (resp.).

    Philosophia rationalis sive logica, centum assertiones comprehensa...

    Augsburg, Sturmin, 1695.

    A good copy of this rare dissertation from the Augustinian college at Rottenbuch in Bavaria, attempting to reduce logic (the science of reasoning) to one hundred numbered paragraphs. Describing the function and limits of logic, the authors, both Austin canons at Rottenbuch, explain the use of syllogisms,...

    £285

  19. 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

  20. [LALANDE, Fr.]

    [Philosophy course.]

    [France, 1681.]

    Fair manuscript copy of a course of philosophy for the use of clerical students offering a systematic treatment of Aristotelian Logic and Physics. The initial inscription states that this course was given by a Jesuit, Fr. Lalande, to Jacques Becheau of Périgord in 1681. The course is articulated...

    £900