London, Macmillan and Co., 1882 (first UK edition)/ 1880.
Octavo, [iv], 280, , 24 (publisher's catalogue dated May 1882) pages.
Original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, all edges uncut; cloth a little flecked, marked, rubbed and bubbled; slight marginal damage to the leading edge of two leaves in the catalogue (due to inexpert opening); occasional light marks to the text where flowers have been pressed; a very good copy.
'Democracy is a novel about political power, its acquisition, use and abuse. It is set at the beginning of a new administration, with the election campaign just over and the new President of the United States just having been elected' (Wikipedia). The author, not identified until after his death, was Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918). 'He was born in Boston on February 16, 1838, into one of the country's most prominent families.... Both his paternal grandfather, John Quincy Adams, and great-grandfather, John Adams, one of the most prominent among the Founding Fathers, had been US Presidents. His maternal grandfather, Peter Chardon Brooks, was one of Massachusetts' most successful and wealthiest merchants. Another great-grandfather, Nathaniel Gorham, signed the Constitution' (Wikipedia).