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    First Edition of the Book That Sparked the Civil War

    Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First edition, first printing. Two octavo volumes. [iii]-x, [13]-312; [i]-iv, [5]-322 pages. Correct collation. Six inserted plates. Publisher's purplish-brown cloth, paneled in blind, fronts with central vignette in gilt. Spines stamped in blind and gilt. Original cream endpapers. Noticeable discoloration, staining and soiling to the binding. Both spines cocked and sunned. Ownership inscription to front free endpapers and flyleaves. Very occasional foxing and spotting of text. Bindings a bit shaken, with a few gatherings standing proud. A good, solid set of this important work.

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    "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-nineteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell...The social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since" (PMM). Uncle Tom's Cabin is the only American novel to be included in the PMM selection.

    BAL 19343. Printing and the Mind of Man 332.



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