Democratic Vistas, and Other Papers. London: Walter Scott, 1888 (1871). 12mo in original publishers brown full cloth with gilt title. 175pp. Owner’s name to inner cover front and some foxing, mainly to endpapers. Overall a clean and sound copy
Democratic Vistas is considered an early classic work of comparative politics and letters: “Writing a few years after the American Civil War, Whitman suggested that some notion of heroism and honour had been lost by Americans. He particularly criticized the materialism and the preoccupation with business he observed in society. The antidote, he felt, was a return to the Jeffersonian-Jacksonian brand of democracy and the cultivation of spiritual fellowship. Although it is often criticized for its optimistic belief in progress and its naive dismissal of history as a factor in human development, the pamphlet remains an important supplement to Whitman’s poetry as well as an example of his philosophy of government” (Britannica). The first UK edition of this highly influential political work by Walt Whitman.