Stockholm, Norstedt & Sönner, 1839-46. Small 8vo. Bound in three nice contemporary uniform half calf bindings with gilt and blindstamped spines. A bit of wear to extremities. Old owner's name to first front free end-paper and a Swedish book.plate to inside of front boards. Apart from a damp stain to a few leaves of the third part, and a bit of occasional brownspotting, a nice and clean copy. (4), 284; (4), 276; (4), 295; XIV, 277; (4), 255; (4), 246 pp.
Scarce first edition of the first Swedish translation of Tocqueville's monumental "De la démocratie en Amerique", one of the most important texts in the history of political thought.
The original French edition of the work appeared in 1835-1840, and the present Swedish edition is thus very early, the first volume appearing before the last volume of the original edition had appeared. The work greatly influenced liberal thought and politics in Sweden.
OCLC locates merely 5 copies: 4 in America and 1 in Sweden