First Edition, First Issue of Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, in the Rare Gift Presentation Binding Designed by Her

    Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First edition, first issue (with imprint of Hobart & Robbins on the copyright page). Two octavo volumes. [iii] - x, [13] - 312; iv, [5] - 322, [2, blank] pages. With three plates inserted into each volume. Complete as per BAL. In publisher's extra gilt binding (designed by Stowe to be given by her) of full purple cloth, boards ruled in gilt, with gilt cornerpieces and lozenges, with gilt central pictorial emblem, spines decoratively stamped in gilt and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt. Spines sunned and somewhat chipped at extremities, upper corners a bit bumped, some rubbing to bindings, text overopened in a few places, text toned and somewhat foxed. Skewed. Still, a very good copy of this rare item. Housed in modern cloth clamshell case.

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    "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' ... 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." [PMM]. Printing and the Mind of Man 322. BAL 19343.

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