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UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY [VOLUME 1 ONLY] by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - First Edition, First Issue - 1852 - from Second Story Books and Biblio.co.uk

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY [VOLUME 1 ONLY]

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

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Boston: P. Jewett and Company, 1852. First Edition, First Issue. Hardcover. Octavo, 312 pages, Volume 1 only; G-; Brown cloth boards and spines with gilt lettering and illustration; moderate rubbing and wear to boards, chipping to head and tail of spine; some gatherings partially loose; foxing throughout; contemporary name 'Blanchard' written on ffep, dated 1852.; First printing, with no other printings listed on the copyright or title page. First issue points: "spilt" (rather than "spiled") in Volume I, page 42, line 1; Hobart & Robbins shown on the copyright page.; Shelved in case 2. BAL 19343; Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War". Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States and one million copies in Great Britain. [wikipedia]. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.


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 [VOLUME 1 ONLY]




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