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Uncle Tom's Cabin by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - Hardcover - First Edition - 1852 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA and Biblio.co.uk

Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Very Good


Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Two volumes. First edition, first printing; Hobart and Robbins listed on both copyright pages, title pages lack printing statement as called for. Finely bound in blue morocco over blue marbled paper covered boards, top edges gilt. Very Good with rubbing to binding at extremities. Previous owner bookplate to front paste down of volume I. and name penciled to title page. Pages occasionally stained, with many corners creased. A lovely set. BAL 19343.
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




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