New York; (1926): Alfred a Knopf. First Edition. Octavo. Item #026137
v, 212 pages. A book that was rediscovered by scholars in the 1970's and the consensus is this was his most vibrant political writing. As a fine writer, it is highly regarded as literature but his analysis of the looming prospect of the welfare state is seen as enemic in the mood of the times though the Great Depression would not begin for three years. He saw democracy as intertwined with much of the mob mentality where a simple majority may well bring in the worst. In this sense, he was closer to the founders though as an iconoclast his rapier thrusts often hurt the innocent as well as the deserving. A work well worth reading though as in all important works with a critical analysis. A handsome copy bound in dark blue linen stamped in blind, spine lettering gilt, decorative endpapers, in light brown dust jacket printed in black, chips and edge wear to jacket with a few tape mends to underside. No names or bookplates.