Harriet Beecher Stowe
London: Sampson Low, Marston, 1892. First Thus . Cloth Bound. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 19 x 13 Cms (7.5" x 5"). E W Kemble. PUBLISHING DETAILS: First thus edition of this classic, published by Sampson, Low, Marston of London in 1892. Complete in 2 volumes. 309 and 382 pages, gilt top edge, others uncut. Size; 13 x 19 cms (7.5 x 5"). Weight: 1.165 kg (2.6 pounds) - extra shipping charges may apply. CONDITION: I would rate these as very good plus. The original grey cloth covers, with gilt titling and decoration and red buckram spines, are clean and bright, with only slight bruising to extremities and a mark to the back of vol 1. The binding remains tight and secure throughout. The text and illustrations (with tissue guards) are generally clean, bright and free from foxing. Some of the full page plates have a touch of light foxing (see photos). The books are free from inscriptions and labels. Altogether, a most handsome early edition of this collectible title, the best-selling novel of the 19th century. THE NOVEL: Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman. Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s.