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DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. [Part the First and Part the Second] Translated by Henry Reeve, Esq. With an Original Preface and Notes by John C. Spencer. Complete in One Volume
New York Edward Walker 1847 - Two volumes in one. Very early issue, being the seventh, of the first complete edition issued in America. Printed, revised and corrected, from the eighth Paris edition. 8vo, in contemporary full calf, with a single black morocco label on the spine lettered and framed in gilt, marbled endpapers. 6pp catalogue, xx, 471; 404 pp. A very well preserved copy, the text appearing largely unused and very clean and well preserved, only the ads with a bit of the toning one associates with books of the period, the text-block firm and the binding strong and solid, the contemporary calf still quite handsome and strong and with minimal expected rubbing or edge wear. AN EARLY PRINTING OF DE TOQUEVILLE;S CLASSIC COMPLETE IN CONTEMPORARY FULL CALF. THIS ISSUE IS QUITE SCARCE INDEED AND IS FOUND PRIMARILY IN A SMALL NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS. DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA grew out of a trip to the United States De Tocqueville took as an assistant magistrate, with Gustave de Beaumont, in order to study the American penitentiary system for France. From New York City they traveled as far east as Boston, as far west as Green Bay, as far north as Sault Ste. Marie and Quebec, and as far south as New Orleans. Their analysis was published in 1833, and immediately afterward Tocqueville began to write the work by which he is best remembered. The first volume treats specific aspects of government and politics, including the principal of popular sovereignty, the nature of the states and local government, judicial power, the American Constitution, political parties, freedom of the press, suffrage, the role of the majority and the methods used to ensure against its tyranny, and the present and possible future of the three races making up the population --whites, blacks, and the indigenous peoples. There is also a discussion of the difficulties inhibiting the creation of an aristocracy, and an analysis of the causes of prosperity. The second volume more closely describes American traits and tendencies and examines the influence of democracy on manners, religion, science, and the arts. DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA "remains the best philosophical discussion of democracy, illustrated by the experience of the United States, up to the time when it was written, which can be found in any language. More than this is true. Notwithstanding the changes which have occurred in the material and social circumstances of the United States during the last sixty years [written in 1898], the consequent elimination of certain factors in the civilization of this country, and the introduction of new and unforeseen problems,--notwithstanding all this, the student of modern popular government must revert to Tocqueville.When his work appeared, democracy was to some an 'ideal,' a 'brilliant dream;' to others, 'ruin, anarchy, robbery, murder.' De Tocqueville wished to lessen the fears of the latter, the ardor of the former class. He treats Democracy as a fact" (Daniel Gilman, in his introduction to the 1898 edition, quoted by Larned 2807). De Tocqueville's conclusions about the system of government chosen by the young nation, and the implications of that choice, have been reexamined by each succeeding generation since it was originally published. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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