Cooperstown, [NY]: H. E. Phinney, 1838. Hardcover. 12mo (7.2 in, 18.3 cm).  4-192 pp.
Sole edition: Successful and prolific author, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) wrote The Last of the Mohicans and this incisive analysis of democracy. "[Liberty's] real friends ought to know that the most insidious attacks, are made on it by those who are the largest trustees of authority, in their efforts to increase their power." - p.34. "All men are equal before the law; all classes of the community being liable equally to taxation, military service, jury duties, and to the other impositions attendant on civilization." - p.43. "Failing of the means of obtaining power more honestly, the fraudulent and ambitious find a motive to mislead, and even to try to corrupt the common sentiment." - p.69-70. "The peculiar office of a demagogue is to advance his own interests, by affecting a deep devotion to the interests of the people." - p.99.
OCLC. Merle Johnson. BAL 3880. ANB. Publisher's rose ribbed cloth with paper label. Spine faded, rear board with pale discoloration, ffe and fly-leaf with small chipping, sporadic pale foxing throughout, minor penciling. Well-preserved, tight, and clean sole edition. Very good+. Item #1165