The American Democrat by James Fenimore Cooper, Classics of Liberty Library Edition, 2003

J. F. Cooper. The American Democrat. New York, Gryphon Editions, LLC., 2003. The Classics of Liberty Library edition. Octavo printing. Quarter leather and buckram cloth binding with gilt titles and stamps to boards. 

Presented is a quarter-leather bound Classics of Liberty Library edition of The American Democrat by James Fenimore Cooper. The book was republished in 2003 and has a new introduction by H. L. Mencken.

The American Democrat was first published in 1838 by Alfred A Knopf, Inc. In this book, James Fenimore Cooper provides a concise statement of the principles of American democracy and of its social ramifications. Cooper was concerned that American principles and our institutions would be challenged by the confusion of an equality of rights with equality of condition.

“Cooper was probably the first American to write about Americans in the really frank spirit . . . a simple, sound and sensible tract, moderate in tone and extraordinarily astute in its conclusions” (H. L. Mencken).


Published by Gryphon Editions, this book is bound in black quarter leather and fine library blue buckram by Bind-Tech, Inc. Nashville, Tennessee. The book is embellished with gilt stamping to the front boards, gilt stamping, gilt titles, and raised bands on the spine, specially commissioned marbleized endleaves design by Richard J. Wolfe, and acid-free leaves are gilded for additional protection and elegance. A permanent light blue silk ribbon marker ensures easy reference. Ballpoint pen inscriptions on the half title page, with previous owner's thoughts, page references to personal notations, and initials, "M. L. J.". Several underlines in pen scattered throughout.