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UNCLE TOM'S CABIN: OR LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY. ILLUSTRATED.

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Very Good-


John P. Jewett & Co.. Very Good-. 1853. 1st Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. 560 pp; 1st illustrated edition of classic fiction. Prev owner name on pre-title page in pencil. Covers bound half-leather and cloth, considerable wear on leather on spine. Heavy scuffing on spine and corners. Marbled end papers, show old tape along hinges to affix text block. Pages show normal age toning, some scattered faint foxing or soil marks along edges, foreedges decorated and sun toned. Very solid copy. Scattered engravings throughout text. .

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. ILLUSTRATED.




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