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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly (First edition, 2 volumes, 1852) by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - Hardcover - 1852 - from Common Crow Books and Biblio.co.uk

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly (First edition, 2 volumes, 1852)

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Good


Boston: John P Jewett, 1852. Hardcover. Good. First edition, first printing (1852) with no subsequent printing numbers designated on title pages. In original dark brown embossed cloth with gilt titles and gilt decoration on covers, good plus set, Volume One has supplied flyleaf in vintage paper, restoration to spine and rear inner hinge, light wear to spine ends, soil soil to rear endpapers, occasional foxing to text, title page discolored from clipping on the 'real Uncle Tom' affixed to facing page, tight nicely presenting copy. Volume Two has slight restoration and strengthening to front inner hinge, also restoration and touching-up to spine, light damp stains to lower corners of rear endpaper, text also showing light occasional foxing, tightly bound, although in both volumes some signatures are slightly proud. An attractive set with light restoration in original cloth bindings of the true first edition. See Printing and the Mind of Man.
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 (First edition, 2 volumes, 1852)




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