Mencken, H.L.NOTES ON DEMOCRACY. New York Alfred A. Knopf 1926 First Edition Hard Cover Good 212 pp, 7 5/8" H. Dark blue cloth with blind stamped decoration on front board. Red/yellow decorated endpapers. Bequest bookplate of the actor Raymond Massey to his alma mater on front pastedown. Two piece article about Mencken from Vanity Fair, December 1927, laid in. Contents: Democratic Man (His Appearance in the World / Varieties of Homo Sapiens / The New Psychology / Politics Under Democracy / The Role of the Hormones / Envy as a Philosophy / Liberty and the Democratic Man / The Effects Upon Progress / The Eternal Mob); The Democratic State (The Two Kinds of Democracy / The Popular Will / Disproportional Representation / The Politician Under Democracy / Utopia / The Occasional Exception / The Maker of Laws / The Rewards of Virtue / Footnote on Lame Ducks); Democracy and Liberty (The Will to Peace / The Democrat as Moralist / Where Puritanism Fails / Corruption Under Democracy); Coda (The Future of Democracy / Last Words). Two inch tear archivally taped at top of free front endpaper hinge, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small tear at top of spine and tiny tears at bottom of spine, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, very small bump to bottom edge of pages 17 to 24 - three page leaves with very small tear archivally taped, slight color variation on boards, some fading to color on top of text block.