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Uncle Tom's Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly by  Harriet Beecher (1811-1896) Stowe - Signed First Edition - 1852 - from Back Creek Books LLC, ABAA/ILAB and

Uncle Tom's Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)

Condition: Near Fine. Some fading and light wear to the original cloth bindings.

Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavos. Near Fine. Some fading and light wear to the original cloth bindings.. A lovely copy of one of the most impactful books of the American 19th century. There is little doubt that Mrs. Stowe's book and its widespread readership in the North solidified abolition sentiment and hastened the oncoming Civil War. This first edition has a scarce prospectus of the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe laid in, which she has inscribed and signed "From Harriet Beecher Stowe." The prospectus is in the original mailing envelope addressed in Mrs. Stowe's hand and postmarked Hartford, Conn. Also laid in is an early 20th century description of this item by bookseller Harry F. Marks. Faint contemporaneous inscriptions on endpapers of both volumes. The two volumes reside in a custom slipcase. BAL #19343 binding "B" (priority not established).
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In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe, the title character Uncle Tom is a long-suffering slave, loyal to both his faith and his master. Presented with an opportunity to escape, he instead chooses to remain in slavery to avoid embarrassing his master. After being sold to a slave trader, Tom suffers brutal treatment and is eventually beaten to death for his refusal to betray his friends — made to represent an ideal of true Christianity. Enormously popular (it was the best-selling novel of the 19th century) and influential, it’s publication in 1852 was instrumental in bringing visibility to the cruel reality of slavery. In more recent years, it has come under considerable criticism for its portrayal of meekness and subservience and the phrase “Uncle Tom” is sometimes used as an epithet for someone seen as overly subservient.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly


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