Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1863. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Item #6167
12 mo. 223,  pp. Second American edition, issued the same year as the first American edition. In publisher's embossed cloth with title in gold on the spine. Spine and to lesser degree the perimeter of the boards are a bit sunned; fraying to the head of the spine; twentieth century bookplate on the front pastedown; later owner name and date on the verso of the first blank otherwise contents are clean. Originally issued in London 1859, this is a very nice copy of an early American edition of Mill's classic essay which "remains his most widely read book.... Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought or speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority, and his warming against it has a contemporary ring: 'We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and, if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still'" Printing and the Mind of Man 345. DNB.