Social sciences

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to those social sciences not listed in the above categories, especially human geography, demographics, and sociology. Note that anthropology, archaeology, history, and linguistics have separate categories elsewhere on the website.

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  1. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.
    OWEN, Robert. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.

    London : 1813-14

    First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.

    Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues nouvelles, Owen a surtout... Learn More
    £87,500.00

    Stock Code: 130529

  2. The Life of Hannah More.
    MORE, Hannah - SHAW, William. The Life of Hannah More.

    London : 1802

    First edition, inscribed on the initial blank verso "from the author", of the most vitriolic attack made against More during the Blagdon controversy, a contentious episode in her career; an uncut copy in excellent condition.

    More's philanthropic efforts, especially her rural charity schools, were met with "considerable hostility from local farmers... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 147495

  3. Das System der erworbenen Rechte.
    LASSALLE, Ferdinand. Das System der erworbenen Rechte.

    Leipzig : 1861

    First edition of Lassalle's principal work, which Schumpeter describes as "a brilliant piece of legal sociology that dazzled many a professional jurist" (History of economic analysis, p. 454).

    "It was Lassalle's great contribution to call into being the first political party of German workers, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Arbeitierverein, organized... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 147044

  4. Men and Decisions.
    STRAUSS, Lewis L. Men and Decisions.

    Garden City : 1962

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "For Admiral James Russel USN, whose distinguished service with the Atomic Energy Commission, from it's earliest days in 1947, involved responsibilities of supreme importance to the security of the United States and the free world, with the admiration and affection of the writer. Lewis L. Strauss".... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143190

  5. The Great Universe of Kota.
    CARSTAIRS, G. M. & R. L. Kapur. The Great Universe of Kota.

    London : 1976

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author G. M. Carstairs on the front free endpaper: "For Mary, with warm regards, Morris". Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 142692

  6. Unemployment.
    ROWNTREE, B. Seebohm, & Bruno Lasker. Unemployment.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression, of this collaborative work between sociologist Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree (18711954) and writer Bruno Lasker (18801965). Presentation copy inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper: "Theodore H. Rowntree with kind regards from the authors. 6.xi.1911". Theodore Hotham Rowntree (1867-1949) was Seebohm's cousin.... Learn More
    £90.00

    Stock Code: 140983

  7. Shirley Hall Asylum: or, the Memoirs of a Monomaniac.
    ROSSETTI, William Michael - GILBERT, William. Shirley Hall Asylum: or, the Memoirs of a Monomaniac.

    London : 1863

    First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, with his ownership inscription dated 1865, of this very scarce imaginary study of hypothetical psychoses. At once a gothic-fantastical Victorian novel and a serious psychiatric investigation, Shirley Hall Asylum tells the stories of various inmates of a lunatic asylum from the point of view of an escapee... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 108827

  8. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
    DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.

    Paris : 1912

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim". Dominique Parodi (1870-1955) was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919 to 1934, where he presided... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 140596

  9. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.

    Paris : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Pour Claudie et Claude Tardits en amical hommage, Claude Levi Strauss", and with the recipient pencil annotations. Claude Tardits (1921-2007) was a French ethnologist and anthropologist specialised in Africa, best known for his thesis on the Bamoum kingdom, published in 1980.... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 140937

  10. Early American Trade Cards,
    JENNY, Adele. Early American Trade Cards,

    New York : 1927

    First edition, deluxe issue of 50 copies printed on rag-paper and specially bound, this copy inscribed by Landauer on the front free endpaper in pencil. A selective catalogue of trade cards from the famous Landauer collection, which is reputed to have numbered over 100,000 individual specimens, and which the owner eventually donated to the New York... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 105746

  11. Das Fest der Nationen in London. (Zur Feier der Errichtung der franzözischen Republik, 22. Sept. 1792.)
    ENGELS, Friedrich. Das Fest der Nationen in London. (Zur Feier der Errichtung der franzözischen Republik, 22. Sept. 1792.)

    Belle-Vue, bei Constanz : 1846

    First edition of Engels's article, which fills pages 1-19 of the second volume of Püttmann's Rheinischer Jahrbücher zur gesellschaftlichen Reform, a true socialist periodical which ceased publication with volume two; this copy from the library of Friedrich Ludwig Tenge, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Tenge... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 138807

  12. Aristocracy and the Meaning of Class Rule.
    WILHELM II - MAIRET, Philippe. Aristocracy and the Meaning of Class Rule.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Philip Morrell to Kaiser Wilhelm, with extensive annotations written in English by the Kaiser. Together with an autograph postcard signed from Kaiser Wilhelm, Doorn, 1931, to Philip Morrell, written in English in purple pencil across the whole of the back of the postcard beginning "According to... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 122974

  13. Whatever Happened to Sex?
    WHITEHOUSE, Mary. Whatever Happened to Sex?

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Victor Ross with warmest good wishes & much gratitude for the high quality of your publication Mary Whitehouse 9.6.80". The recipient was Victor Ross (born 1919), a senior executive at Reader's Digest and head of the firm's European division. Reader's Digest evidently... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 137177

  14. Scrapbook albums from a British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia.
    BURTON, Elaine. Scrapbook albums from a British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia.

    1954

    Two scrapbook albums of photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, compiled and neatly annotated by Elaine Burton MP (1904-1991) upon her return from the three-week British Parliamentary Delegation tour of Russia starting on 30 September 1954.

    Burton was one of two women selected as a participant, the second being Conservative MP Edith... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 131618

  15. Greek Love.
    BREEN, Walter, pseud. EGLINTON, J. Z. Greek Love.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, second printing, of this controversial historical study, "the only comprehensive work in any language, to my knowledge, that unequivocally espouses the right of an older male to have social-sexual relations with a young boy" (Dr Albert Ellis's postscript). This copy has the ownership inscription of gay publisher Winston Leyland (b.1940),... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 122977

  16. The Twelve Principles of Efficiency.
    EMERSON, Harrington. The Twelve Principles of Efficiency.

    New York : 1912

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to the refrigeration scientist Mary Engle Pennington: "To Miss M. E. Pennington. 'I learned about - refrigeration - from her.' With the sincere regards of the author, Harrington Emerson, August 28th 1916". Emerson (1853-1931), an influential American business theorist, made significant contributions... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 120873

  17. Coup d'œil sur les incendies de Constantinople.
    ZENNARO, Silvio. Coup d'œil sur les incendies de Constantinople.

    Constantinople : 1871

    First and only edition, presentation copy of this extremely rare pamphlet written in response to the 1870 Pera fire (the "Harik-i kabir"), inscribed by the author "A Mr. le Profr. Marzolo, hommage" on the front wrapper. This must be Francesco Marzolo (1818-1880), who taught medicine at the University of Padua, rather than his more famous brother, Paolo,... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 120555

  18. Modern City Planning and Maintenance.
    KOESTER, Frank. Modern City Planning and Maintenance.

    New York : 1914

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Mr G. E. Miner with compliments Frank Koester". Koester, a German-American engineer, is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the construction of the New York Public Subway; he also acted as a delegate to several international city planning congresses during his... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 119020

  19. Anthropologie structurale; [together with] Anthropologie structurale deux.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Anthropologie structurale; [together with] Anthropologie structurale deux.

    [Paris] : 1958 & 1973

    Scarce first edition, first impression, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to fellow social anthropologist and ethnologist Sir Raymond Firth on the half-titles, "A Raymond Firth, avec l'amitié de Claude Lévi Strauss" and "To Raymond Firth, with warmest regards, Claude Lévi Strauss". Anthropologie structurale and Anthropologie structurale... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 118218

  20. Death of a Witch.
    CARSTAIRS, G. M. Death of a Witch.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris", together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of Carstairs's appointment as vice-chancellor... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 116344

  21. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    London : 1868

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationery, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and Universities in Germany" published... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 115431

  22. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:
    PARETO, Raffaele. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:

    Modena : 1869

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's movement for Italian unification... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 114087

  23. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
    VEBLEN, Thorstein. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.

    New York : 1917

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper, "To Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Thorstein Veblen." Nordfeldt (1878-1955) was a Swedish-American artist who painted two portraits of Veblen, both now lost. Nordfeldt studied art in the US and Europe. Between 1903 and 1907 he lived in Chicago, depicting... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 113384

  24. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
    EVERETT, Alexander Hill. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,

    Paris : 1826

    First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted by the author with the delivery.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 113397

  25. The Middle of the Journey.
    SENHOUSE, Roger; TRILLING, Lionel. The Middle of the Journey.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, first printing. Roger Senhouse's copy, sent to him by literary agents Pearn, Pollinger & Higham for the preparation of the first UK edition, published by Secker and Warburg the following year, and containing an illuminating collection of ephemera and correspondence exchanged between Senhouse, Frederic Warburg, Trilling, and critic Cyril... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 110965

  26. Red Virtue.
    WINTER, Ella. Red Virtue.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "So have I, and it still does. Ella Winter" below the printed epigraph "I've seen The Future - and it works!", supplied by Lincoln Steffens, the American journalist whom Winter married in 1924. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 107240

  27. Essai sur la nomenclature et la classification des principales branches d'art-et-science; ouvrage extrait du Chrestomathia de Jérémie Bentham.
    BENTHAM, Jeremy. Essai sur la nomenclature et la classification des principales branches d'art-et-science; ouvrage extrait du Chrestomathia de Jérémie Bentham.

    Paris : 1823

    First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life, complete with the very rare large folding plate "Vue synoptique" printed on thick paper. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 101692

  28. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.
    STONEQUIST, Everett V. The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality and Culture Conflict.

    New York : 1937

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 86930

  29. Structural Anthropology.
    FULLER, Buckminster - LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Structural Anthropology.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression, of the first volume of Structural Anthropology (the second volume following in 1977); this copy from the library of Buckminster Fuller, with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. Originally published in France in 1958. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 63480

  30. Race: A Study in Superstition.
    BARZUN, Jacques. Race: A Study in Superstition.

    New York : 1965

    Second edition, revised. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Lionel & Diana, with ever affectionate thoughts, this dull old book that faithfully reflects the dull old friend who sends it, Jacques. Dec 22/64". Literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-75) worked at Columbia during the same period as Barzun, and for thirty years the two... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 61792

  31. Power in Men.
    WHITEHEAD, Alfred North - CARY, Joyce. Power in Men.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Alfred North Whitehead, signed by Cary on the title page and with his presentation inscription to the front free endpaper: "A. N. Whitehead from his obliged and grateful reader the author." An excellent association, reflecting Whitehead's key influence on Cary's political thought in the present work.

    Whitehead's... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 38517

  32. Regeneration
    HAGGARD, H. Rider. Regeneration

    1910

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription facing the title page, "To Ronald Ross, from H. Rider Haggard, Ditchingham, 12 January 1911". The recipient was Haggard's friend, the Nobel laureate Sir Ronald Ross (1857-1932). Awarded the Nobel for medicine (the first Briton to be awarded one) in recognition of... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 28655

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