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    First Edition, First Printing of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First edition, first printing, per the title page and all issue points in the BAL. Two twelvemo volumes. [iii]-x, 312; iv, [5]-322 pages. Wood-engraved title vignettes and six wood-engraved plates. Sumptuous full black morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf with five raised spine bands, gilt spine titles and decorations in compartments ruled in gilt, double-ruled gilt borders on the covers, and elaborately-stamped gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Minor rubbing to the binding, with the spine head of volume two a bit scuffed. Bookplates to front endpapers. Tiny tape stains to front blank of volume two. Tiny stamps from Goodspeed's in Boston to the top of the verso of the front free endpapers. Text mostly very clean. Overall, a very good copy of a rare first printing in a handsome binding.

    "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-nineteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell. To those engaged in fighting slavery it appeared as an indictment of all the evils inherent in the system they opposed; to the pro-slavery forces, it was a slanderous attack on 'the Southern way of life.'... Whatever its weaknesses as a literary work - structural looseness and excess of sentiment among them - the social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since" (Printing and the Mind of Man, second edition, pp. 202-203).

    BAL 19343. Grolier, 100 American, 61.


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