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    Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First edition, first issue as per BAL. Two octavo volumes (7.5 x 4.75 inches; 191 x 120 mm.). x, [13 (sic)]-312; iv, [5 (sic)]-322, [2, blank] pages. With three engraved plates inserted in each volume. Publisher's full brown cloth, (BAL's "B" binding, no priority); front boards and spines stamped in gilt, boards decoratively ruled and stamped with oval panels in blind; rear boards stamped with central motif in blind. Bindings sunned (volume I a bit lighter than volume II), some wear, soiling, rubbing to bindings, a few short tears at spines, some foxing, thumbsoiling, toning to endleaves and text, several leaves creased at upper corners, a few gutters overopened, a few leaves with light marginal wear. Volume II has a contemporary (March 27, 1852) previous owner's gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Both volumes skewed. Overall, a good copy in the original cloth binding. Housed in later brown silk slipcase. BAL 19343.

    [Together with:] Harriet Beecher Stowe. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which the Story is Founded... Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1853. First American edition, presumed second issue of imprint on copyright page. Octavo (9.5 x 6.25 inches; 240 x 153 mm.). iv, [5 (sic)]-262, [2, ads] pages. Publisher's full green cloth (BAL's "C" binding, no priority), boards ruled in blind with "KEY" stamped in center in blind, spine stamped in gilt. Spine a bit sunned and edgeworn, some rubbing to boards, lower corner of rear board bumped, some foxing to endleaves, first binder's blank foxed, some foxing, thumbsoiling in text, a 1.5-inch tear to the fore-edge of the title-page. Still, very good. Housed in later brown silk slipcase. BAL 19359.

    "Into 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.' . The social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since" (PMM 332).

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