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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. (2 volumes)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. (2 volumes)

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

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Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852 First edition of probably the most socially influential American book ever published. This is the true first edition with no other printings indicated on the title page. Author's SIGNED and dated card mounted to front blank flyleaf of volume I: "Very Truly Yours, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mandarin, Florida, March 28, 1882" (Stowe's winter home). 2 volumes. Pp. [iii]-x, [13]-312 + iv, [5]-322. Title vignettes and 6 wood-engraved plates. Handsomely and professionally rebound in three-quarter black morocco, marbled sides, spine with gilt rules between panels, raised bands, gilt lettering. Bookplate on inner cover of each volume. An exceptional copy, bright and clean throughout with no foxing or toning whatsoever. Pagination and plates collated complete. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company. Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852. The edition of this first printing consisted of 5000 copies of which 3000 sold on the first day. Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the few American novels to have a lasting impact on the way we live our lives. The sale of the book was indeed phenomenal. "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-nineteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell. To those engaged in fighting slavery it appeared as an indictment of all the evils inherent in the system they opposed; to the pro-slavery forces it was a slanderous attack on 'the Southern way of life'... the social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than of any book before or since" (Printing and the Mind of Man). [BAL: 19343; Grolier American 100: 61; Printing and the Mind of Man: 332; Sabin: 92457; Wright: 2401]..

Synopsis

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. 

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On Mar 31 2020, a reader said:
Excellent book to gain empathy and insight into the enslaved pathos, struggle and plight! This book presents well designed ideas to ennoble and elivate the human race as brothers, and sisters of a common God, and Father of us all.

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Bookseller
Argonaut Book Shop US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
8193
Title
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. (2 volumes)
Author
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
John P. Jewett & Company
Place of Publication
Boston
Date published
1852
Keywords
Heritage Press Book Club Literature Fiction Literature, Novel, Anti Slavery, Civil War, Abolitionism
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The Argonaut Book Shop was founded in 1941 in the middle of the financial district of San Francisco. The Argonaut was a founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers\' Association of America and has been a member in good standing ever since. The Shop is now located just three blocks from Union Square in downtown San Francisco and is open six days a week. Parking facilities include ample street space and a parking garage close by. The bookstore occupies two large rooms open to the public. One enters first into a large room with oak flooring and antique bookcases filled with fine and rare books, mostly dealing with the history of California and the American West. This room also includes fine press books and other rare subject matter. The second room is devoted to good books in varied subject areas including art, maritime, American civil war, books on antiques, literature, regional Americana, etc.

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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
bookplate
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...[more]
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
raised band(s)
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First Edition
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title page
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rebound
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