Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Two Volumes, Later Reprint, 1963

De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. Two volume set. Bound in three-quarter morocco leather 8 vo. with matching custom red archival slipcase.

The two volume set of Democracy in America written by Alexis de Tocqueville was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1963. This 1963 set is the ninth printing of the publication, which was first published in 1835. The set is bound in beautiful ¾ red morocco leather by Maurin with gilt embossed lettering. Both books are presented in a custom archival slipcase.

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat lawyer. He and his friend, Gustav de Beaumont, left for a research excursion to America after their upper-class background proved a problem for their careers in the aftermath of the French Revolution. In 1831, Tocqueville and Beaumont conducted a comprehensive study of the American penal system and promptly published their work upon their return to Europe. Separately, Tocqueville was fascinated by American life and wrote his own work based on his observations while traveling with Beaumont. His Democracy in America proved to be a broader analysis on American culture and politics. Volume I focuses more on political society while Volume II discusses civil society such as social structures, economy, and religions as he saw them. Tocqueville explores his projected warnings to adolescent U.S. and how issues may arise if not carefully addressed within democracy.


Age appropriate condition. The leather boards are slightly abraded from use and have some loss on corners. The binding by Maurin is tight on both volumes and the top edge of the pages are gilt. Internal pages are clean and bright with marbled endpapers. Both volumes are presented in a custom made archival red slipcase decorated with a depiction of Tocqueville set into a recess.

Dimensions: 9” H x 6.125” W x 3.5” D (with slipcase)

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