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

Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Very Good


Cleveland, OH: John P. Jewett & Co, 1852. Early Reprint. Very Good. 2 Volumes. First Edition, early reprints with "Twenty-fifth Thousand" on title pages of both volumes. Bound in publisher's original ribbed brown cloth, decorated in blind and stamped in gilt. About Very Good. Both volumes are lacking front free endpapers, with number written on front paste down. Cloth worn at corners and spine ends, with heavy chipping to the crowns. Nonetheless, an early set, in nicer shape than as commonly found in.
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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