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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Negro Life in The Slave States Of America

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Very Good +


London: C.H. Clarke And Co. , 1852. Early printing of the C.H. Clarke edition. VG+, very clean and tight with sound original blue binding. Gold stamped navy cloth, gilt edges. xii, 380 pages with forty illustrations. Contains a double frontis, includes a 5 page preface signed by G, and there are no ads in rear.. First British Edition. Hard Cover Cloth. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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, Negro Life in The Slave States Of America




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