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. LA PORTE, Mathieu de.

    La science des négocians et teneurs de livres, ou instruction générale pour tout ce qui se pratique dans...

    Rouen, J. Racine, 1785.

    An uncommon provincial edition of this classic work on accountancy, which was first published in Paris in 1704 as an enlarged and re-worked version of La Porte’s 1673 Guide des négocians et teneurs des livres. There were numerous editions, translations and adaptations up to the end of the 18th century.

    £250

  2. L’ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE.

    Décrets de l’assemblée nationale, concernant la division du royaume en 83 départemens.

    Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1790.

    [bound with:] DÉMEUNIER, [Jean-Nicolas]. Rapport sur la convocation de la premiere legislature … Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1791.

    £250

  3. LE GROS, Nicolas.

    MEDITATIONS SUR LES EPISTRES Catholiques de S. Jacques, S. Pierre, et St. Jean. Tome Premier [-VI].

    A Paris, Chez Savoye, 1754.

    First edition of this extensive work of meditations by the Jansenist Nicolas Le Gros (1675–1751), who had been a canon of Rheims Cathedral but became an exile in Holland and a member of the schismatic Church of Utrecht. A set of meditations just on the epistles of St. Peter had been published in 1736....

    £1500

  4. LE MERCIER DE LA RIVIÈRE, Paul Pierre.

    Palladium de la constitution politique, ou Régéneration morale de la France: question...

    Paris, chez l’auteur & chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1790.

    First edition, rare. Written late in Le Mercier’s life, this work calls for fundamental political and administrative reform of France’s educational institutions to better serve and strengthen the revolution and the regeneration of France. The author’s conclusion pulls no punches: the universities...

    £450

  5. [LOQUET, Marie-Françoise].

    Voyage de Sophie et d’Eulalie, au Palais du vrai bonheur; ouvrage pour servir de guide dans les voies...

    Paris, Charles-Pierre Berton, 1781.

    First edition of this rare utopian voyage written by a woman for a readership of women.

    £1500

  6. MACAULEY, Auley.

    A Sermon on the peculiar Advantages of Sunday Schools: preached in the Parish Church of St. Paul, Bedford, on...

    London, Printed for C. Dilly … and sold by the Booksellers of Bedford, Northampton, and Leicester, for the Benefit of the Institution. [1792].

    First edition of a rare sermon to promote Sunday Schools by the uncle of Thomas Babington Macaulay and brother of the abolitionist Zachary Macaulay.

    £250

  7. MARSDEN, William, translator.

    Memoirs of a Malayan family, written by themselves, and translated from the original by W....

    London, printed for the Oriental Translation Fund, sold by J. Murray and Parbury, Allen & Co., 1830.

    First edition, Sir Thomas Phillipps’s copy, of Marsden’s translation of an account of the travels and trials of a Malayan family trading pepper in Java and Sumatra in the 1750s and 1760s, including their encounters with the Dutch and British East India Companies.

    £1500

  8. MASTAI FERRETTI, Conte Paolino.

    Notizie storiche delle accademie d’Europa, con una relazione piu’ diffusa dell’accademia...

    Rome, I Lazzarini, 1792.

    Only edition, and a lovely copy, of this finely printed history of the academies of Europe, produced in honour of Pope Pius VI’s reestablishment of, and support for the Accademia nobile ecclesiastica (now the Pontifical Ecclesiastic Academy), which had been founded in 1701, was suppressed in...

    £1150

  9. MENGER, Anton.

    Das Recht auf den vollen Arbeitsertrag in geschichtlicher Darstellung.

    Stuttgart, J. G. Cotta, 1886.

    First edition of a work described by Gide and Rist as ‘indispensable à consulter pour l’histoire du socialisme’. There are chapters on Godwin, Hall, Thompson, Saint-Simon and his followers, Proudhon, Rodbertus, Marx, Louis Blanc and Ferdinand Lassalle.

    £450

  10. MILBANK, Augustus Sussex.

    A Treatise upon the political & social Condition of Europe, from the Fall of the Roman Empire, down to...

    [Richmond, M. Bell for] London, Messrs Hatchard & Son, and Richmond, M. Bell, 1847.

    First and only edition of a rare Yorkshire-printed treatise of social history by an amateur historian and educational enthusiast, inscribed by the author to the Countess of Sandwich.

    £125

  11. MILLAR, John.

    Observations concerning the distinction of ranks in society. Under the following heads: 1. Of the ranks and condition...

    London, Murray, 1773.

    Second London edition, ‘greatly enlarged’, first published 1771. The first section of Millar’s book is a study of matrilineal ‘savage’ societies, in which early social development counts most when it comes to kinship with the mother, is remarkably prescient (see Morgan, Systems)....

    £1450

  12. MOHEAU.

    Recherches et considérations sur la population de la France …

    Paris, Moutard, 1778.

    First edition. This work is held in high regard by both McCulloch and Peuchet, though when first published it received little acknowledgement, being attributed to Baron Auget de Montyon, who assisted in the work and to whom Moheau was secretary. The first part contains statistical tables; the second...

    £250

  13. [NATIONAL SOCIALISM] [OCCUPIED FRANCE]

    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.

    £350

  14. [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.

    £750

  15. [NOLHAC, Jean-Baptiste-Marie.]

    Réflexions sur la punition des grands crimes, considérée dans ses rapports avec la morale, extraites...

    Lyon, Louis Perrin, 1836.

    First and only edition, inscribed from the author. An extensive essay against the death penalty, and especially against public executions by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Nolhac (1770-1878) using arguments derived from ‘la digité de la nature humaine et du danger des spectacles sanglants’, written in response...

    £150

  16. OWEN, Robert.

    Robert Owen’s Journal. Explanatory of the means to well-place, well-employ, and well-educate, the whole population....

    London, James Watson, 1850-1.

    The first 23 issues of Robert Owen’s Journal, which would go on to reach a total of 104 issues ending in October 1852. Almost entirely written by Owen himself, the Journal was the main vehicle of Owenite social and political philosophy, directed to a general readership as well as policy-makers.

    £400

  17. [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...

    £250

  18. 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...

    £100

  19. PARETO, Vilfredo, and Arthur LIVINGSTONE (editor).

    The Mind and Society [Trattato di sociologia generale].

    New York and London, Harcourt, Brace & Company and Jonathan Cape, 1935.

    First edition in English of Pareto’s greatest contribution to sociology, first published in Italian in 1916.

    £125

  20. PERUCCI, Francesco.

    Pompe funebri di tutte le nationi del mondo, raccolte dale storie sagre et profane.

    Verona, Francesco Rossi, 1639.

    First edition of Perucci’s extensively illustrated account of funeral practices, inscribed by a Scottish antiquary and documented book collector. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and later the Royal Society, Walter Bowman (1699–1782) travelled extensively over the course of five decades...

    £1350