The Cult of Incompetence translated from the French by Beatrice Barstow, with an introduction by Thomas MacKay

London: John Murray, 1911. 236p., 4p. ads, first British edition 7.5x5 inch red cloth boards spine-titled gilt, panelled blind; some silverfishing of covers, extremities worn with fraying at corner tips and, with crimping also, at the head. Hinges crackle a little but seem sound. Good copy, easy to handle. French critique of the English "'demophil aristocracy' raised to power by an 'aristocracy-respecting democracy'" --see p.2. Sample quote, from p.189: "The official also is incompetent, though less and less often, in respect of moral worth. By the exercise of intellectual obedience, he has been trained to moral obedience also and he is little disposed to assert his independence. Observe how everything tends to this end. This method of co-opting officials by means of elimination, as I have said, operates only, as I have also shown, at the outset ot the official's career. From this moment onwards the functionary must depend on the Government only"

Cat.No: 177738

Price: $15.00