First page of the Sixth Edition of the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française
One of Tocqueville’s greatest honors was induction into the Académie française, or French Academy. This signified his success in the world of French letters. Here we see the august building in which the Academy was housed. This is the title page from a dictionary: among other things, the French Academy is charged with protecting the purity of the French language. While Tocqueville was interested in America, he was French to his very core.