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STOWE, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896). Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: J. P. Jewett; Cleveland: Jewett, Proctor and Worthington, 1852.
STOWE, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896). Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: J. P. Jewett; Cleveland: Jewett, Proctor and Worthington, 1852.

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STOWE, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896). Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: J. P. Jewett; Cleveland: Jewett, Proctor and Worthington, 1852.

2 volumes, 12o. Title-page vignettes and 5 (of 6) engraved plates (lacks one plate). (Some spotting and soiling). Modern blue morocco gilt, edges gilt.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING of Stowe's passionate anti-slavery novel, WITH AN AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT BY STOWE laid down to the front flyleaf of vol. 1: "Trust in the future And do good. Harriet Beecher Stowe Hartford, Conn. 49 Forest St. April 29, 1886." "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 weakneses 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). BAL 19343; Grolier American 61; Grolier English 183; PMM 332. (2)
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