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Uncle Tom's cabin;: Or, Life among the lowly Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Very Good


Very Good. London: Clarke and Co., 1852. "Reprinted verbatim from the tenth American edition." Perhaps first U K edition. Very good decor. brown cloth, bright gilt stamped illus. front cover, Moder. edgewear, corner bumps. Tight, unmarked, except M. A. JOHNSON's Aug. 1852 signature on FFEP. 329pps. + 1page publisher's ad. No illus. First Edition C H Clarke and Co Hard Cover No Jacket 1852 one of several UK "1st" editions cited as being the true 1st edition in some instances. vi+ 329pp ,.

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 Stowe, Harriet Beecher




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