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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly: Volumes 1 & 2 by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - 1st Ed. - 1852 - from Monroe Street Books and Biblio.co.uk

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly: Volumes 1 & 2

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Good/None


Boston: John P. Jewett, 1852. 1st Ed.. Hardcover. Good/None. Two volume set, 312 and 322 pages, hardcovers, embossed brown cloth with gilt design on front and gilt lettering on spine. With the six original steel-plate engravings and with title-pages illustrated with large vignettes. First edition with Hobart & Robbins slug on the copyright page. Both volumes state Twenty-Fifth Thousand on the title page indicating a probable fourth printing. The first was five thousand and sold out immediately. Both volumes with chipping and fraying to top and bottom of spines, Vol. 1 with about 1/4" cloth missing at bottom. All corners show wear, spines slightly cocked, but bindings are tight. Clean set, with very minor foxing. Record # 414758
Multi-volume Set

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: Volumes 1 & 2




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