5 December 2006
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, 8o. Title-page vignettes and six engraved plates. (Occasional pale spotting, some gatherings partly sprung.) Original purple cloth, front covers with vignette stamped in gilt, blind-stamped borders, gilt-lettered on spines, cream endpapers (slightly leaned, some light fading); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Mrs. M.W. Lewis (inkstamps on front free endpapers).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (BAL binding B) of Stowe's passionate anti-slavery novel. "The social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since" (PMM 332). BAL 19343; Grolier American 61; Grolier English 183; Johnson High Spots 70. (2)
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