Paris: Michel Levy Freres, Editeurs, 1864-66. 8vo. Nine volumes. Title from the half-title; each volume has its own title page. Somewhat later three-quarter red morocco, gilt, and marbled boards and endpapers, spines richly gilt with ornaments, top edge gilt. A little wear to several joints, but an attractive set. Item #44984
First collected edition of the author's works, edited by H.G. de Beaumont under the direction of Tocqueville's widow Mary Mottley de Tocqueville. Volumes 1-3: De la démocratie en Amérique [14th edition]; volume 4: L'ancien régime et la révolution [7th edition]; volume 5: Correspondance et oeuvres posthumes; volume 6: Correspondance; volume 7: Nouvelle correspondance; volume 8: Mélanges, fragments, historiques, et notes sur l'ancien régime, la révolution et l'empire, voyages, pensées; volume 9: Etudes économiques, politiques, et littéraires.
Larned 2807 (for Democracy in America): "It remains the best philosophical discussion of democracy, illustrated by the experience of the United States, up to the time it was written, which can be found in any language." "During the last twenty years of his life, and for perhaps half that time after his death [the period during which this collected edition of his works was published], Tocqueville had an increasing European fame. His manner, which is partly imitated from Montesquieu, has considerable charm; and he was the first and has remained the chief writer to put the orthodox liberal ideas which governed European politics during the first half or two-thirds of the 19th century into an orderly and attractive shape … he had the great advantage of writing absolutely the first book of reasoned politics on democratic government in America" (Encyclopedia Britannica).