Item #65596 De la Démocratie en Amerique. Alexis de TOCQUEVILLE.
De la Démocratie en Amerique

"One of the Most Important Texts in Political Literature" in the Rare Original Wrappers

De la Démocratie en Amerique.

Bruxelles: Louis Hauman et Comp. 1835.

Bruxelles: Louis Hauman et Compe., 1835.

First Brussels edition, published in the same year as the first edition (published in Paris), of “one of the most important texts in political literature” (Printing and the Mind of Man 358 note). Two twelvemo volumes (6 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 160 x 105 mm.). [2, blank], [4], xxxviii, 413, [3, blank]; [2, blank], [4], 509, [3, blank] pp. Complete with both half-titles present, and the folding, hand-colored engraved map laid in, supplied from the first edition [Paris] (17 5/8 x 15 3/8 inches; 446 x 390 mm.).

Bound in the rare original printed wrappers. Pages uncut. Wrappers a bit rubbed and chipped. Spines split and with repairs but still holding firm. Some occasional light toning. But overall a very good set. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell.

One of the most penetrating political and social analyses of the United States ever written, De la démocratie en Amérique is based on Tocqueville’s travels through America in 1831 and 1832 in company with Gustave Auguste de Beaumont. Charged by the French government to study the prison system of the United States, the two officials made a sweeping tour of the west and south after completing their penal studies in the east, visiting Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The first part of De la démocratie en Amérique was first published in two volumes in 1835; the final part was published some five years later.

Sabin 96060.

HBS 65596.


Price: $2,500.00

Item #65596

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