Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville (1945) (2 vols)

S$120.00

Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville (1945) (2 vols)

S$120.00

Title: Democracy in America

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville

Publisher: Alfred Knopf, 1945.

Condition: Hardcover, 2 vols in slipcase, with dust jackets to both. Books in good condition, with slight foxing to deckle edges. Dust jacket of Vol 1 in poor condition, and is split into 2 with a large piece missing. Slipcase also in poor condition. A heavy set, overseas shipping will cost extra.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

De La Démocratie en Amérique is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in America, but English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous several hundred years.

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont were sent by the French government to study the American prison system. In his later letters Tocqueville indicates that he and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. They arrived in New York City in May of that year and spent nine months traveling the United States, studying the prisons, and collecting information on American society, including its religious, political, and economic character. The two also briefly visited Canada, spending a few days in the summer of 1831 in what was then Lower Canada (modern-day Quebec) and Upper Canada (modern-day Ontario).