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.


    Finis les mauvais jours! Papa gagne de l’argent en Allemagne! [The bad days are over!...

    [Paris], Office de Répartition de l´Affichage, 1943.

    Rare, encouraging the voluntary relocation of French workers from impoverished and semi-starved France to Germany factories.


  2. [NAUDÉ, Philippe, attr.

    author]. Histoire abrégée de la naissance & du progrez du Kouakerisme avec celle de ses dogmes.

    Cologne, Pierre Marteau, 1692.

    First edition of the earliest work on the Quakers to be published in French. In his survey of English Quakerism the author gives voice to widespread contemporary English criticisms of the movement, radicalizing the charge of Socinianism into one of ‘pure deism’ and ultimately atheism.


  3. [PALMIERI, Giuseppe].


    Naples, Vicenzo Flauto for Michele Stasi, 1788.

    Second edition, substantially enlarged. ‘Giuseppe Palmieri, Marchese di Martignano (1721–94?), was one of that brilliant band of Neapolitans in which Filangieri was perhaps the most widely known figure. Palmieri was primarily a practical administrator. But the welfare economics of the eighteenth-century...


  4. PARETO, Vilfredo.

    Compendio di Sociologia generale per cura di Giulio Farina.

    Florence, G. Barbèra, 1920.

    First edition of an abridged version of the Trattato di Sociologia Generale (1916), Pareto’s principal contribution to sociology.


  5. PARETO, Vilfredo.

    Trasformazione della Democrazia.

    Milan, Corbaccio, 1921.

    First collected edition of four articles originally published in the Rivista di Milano between 5 May and 20 July 1920: ‘Generalità’, ‘Sgretolamento della Sovranità centrale’, ‘Il Ciclo plutocratico’, and ‘I Sentimenti’, with an appendix in which Pareto relates the pieces to the theory...


  6. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la gangrène, par M. Quesnay, médecin consultant du Roy.

    Paris, d’Houry, 1749

    First edition. Quesnay (1694-1774) assesses the problem of gangrene with detailed observations on the causes, symptoms and cures for dry and wet gangrene. He established his reputation in political and academic circles for his medical work, becoming physician to the King in the 1740s. His first medical...


  7. [RALEIGH, Henry Patrick].

    Must children die and mothers plead in vain? Buy More Liberty Bonds.

    New York, Sakett & Wilhelms Corp., [1918].

    This poster was produced to for the sale of the third or fourth liberty loans in 1918, which saw the printing of 9 and 10 million promotional posters produced, respectively. The large-scale of the effort was seen to reflect a turning point in war advertising. As the US was an immigrant nation, the Federal...


  8. RAMUS, Petrus.

    P. Rami ... Oratio de legatione.

    Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.

    First (?) edition: a fascinating pamphlet marking a critical epoch in the history of the University of Paris and the first occasion on which Ramus came into prominence as champion of his University and of higher education in general.


  9. RAMUS, Petrus.

    Harangue ... touchant ce qu'ont faict les deputez de l’Université de Paris envers le Roy. Mise de Latin en Francois.

    Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.

    First French-language edition of the above, issued simultaneously with the Latin text and presumably translated by Ramus himself. Apart from La Dialectique, this is one of Ramus’ very few works in the vernacular. Very rare.


  10. RENGGER, Albrecht.

    Bericht über die Armen-Erziehungs-Anstalt in Hofwyl, im Namen der zu Beaufsichtigung derselben niedergesetzten...

    Tubingen, Cotta, 1815.

    First edition of an account of the agricultural school for poor children founded by Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg on the estate of Hofwyl in Switzerland in 1799. This is a detailed account of the workings of the school, and its ethos, which was designed to be self supporting and taught children the...


  11. RICCI, Giovanni and PORTA, Ercolano.

    Storia della missione francescana e del Vicariato Apostolico del Hunan meridionale dalle sue...

    Bologna, Stabilimenti tipografici riuniti, 1925.

    First and only edition of this history of the Franciscan Mission in South Hunan from its establishment to 1924, with particular attention to the persecution of the Christians during the Boxer Rebellion and the following years of restoration and progress of the mission. The appendix comprises letters,...


  12. RICHARDSON, Ralph.

    Coutts & Co. Bankers Edinburgh and London, being the memoirs of a family distinguished for its public services...

    London, Elliott Stock, 1901

    Second edition, revised and enlarged, narrating the instrumental role of the Coutts family in establishing a magnificent system of banking in Scotland.


  13. ROBERTS, Henry.

    The dwellings of the labouring classes, their arrangement and construction, illustrated by a reference to the model...

    London, Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes, 1850.

    First edition of one of the most important publications on philanthropic housing by the architect and housing reformer Henry Roberts (1803-1876).


  14. ROJANKOVSKY, Feodor.

    ABC du Père Castor.

    Paris, Flammarion, 1936.

    First edition. A colourful alphabet book, each letter beautifully illustrated by a different animal by the Russian émigré illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky, aka Rojan. Alongside the mundane, the animal selection includes contributions from Rojan’s favourite haunt, the zoo, including marmots, African...


  15. ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques.

    Du contract social, ou, Principes du droit politique.

    Milan, Pogliani, 1796.

    First edition printed in Italy, very rare, of Rousseau’s Contrat social.


  16. [SAY.] HODGSON, Adam.

    A Letter to M. Jean-Baptiste Say, on the comparative Expense of free and slave Labour.

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed ‘With the Author’s best respects’ on p. [iii]. Four years after the fourth edition of the Traité d’économie politique, Hodgson, an Anglican Evangelical writing on behalf of the Liverpool branch of the Society for Mitigating and Gradually Abolishing...


  17. SELKIRK, Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of.

    Observations on the present state of the Highlands of Scotland, with a view of the causes...

    London, Longman et al., 1805.

    First edition. ‘In 1792 … Selkirk [1771–1820] undertook an extensive tour through the Scottish Highlands and became convinced that emigration thence was unavoidable. He also recognised the need of some controlling hand to direct it. He first conceived the idea of a settlement at the Red River (what...


  18. SENIOR, Nassau William.

    Statement of the provision for the poor, and of the condition of the labouring classes, in a considerable...

    London, B. Fellowes, 1835.

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed at the head of the title ‘The Earl of Radnor from the author’.


  19. SÜSSMILCH, Johann Peter.

    Die göttliche Ordnung in den Veränderungen des menschlichen Geschlechts, aus der Geburt, dem Tode und...

    Berlin, Verlag des Buchladens der Realschule, 1761.

    The first volume of the second, much enlarged edition of this pioneering work on statistics by a German clergyman, which first appeared in a single volume in 1741. The second volume appeared separately a year later, and the two are very seldom to be found together. ‘J. P. Süssmilch ... may be said...


  20. THICKNESSE, Philip.

    A Year’s Journey through France and Part of Spain.

    Dublin, J. Williams, 1777.

    First Irish edition; an edition was published in Bath in the same year. ‘Disappointed in the expectation of falling heir to some property, 1775, “driven out of his own country with eight children in his train,” he removed himself to Spain, where he thought he could live more cheaply than in England....