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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - First edition (with Hobart & Robbins on the copyright pages) - 1852 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Condition: Publisher's brown cloth (BAL binding B) front covers gilt-stamped with vignette, spine lettering gilt. Wear to spine ends an


Boston: John P. Jewett, 1852. First edition (with Hobart & Robbins on the copyright pages). Illustrated vignette on title pages and 6 plates by Hammatt Billings. [iii]-x, [13]-312; iv, [5]-322 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Publisher's brown cloth (BAL binding B) front covers gilt-stamped with vignette, spine lettering gilt. Wear to spine ends and corners, wear to rear joint of vol. II, some intermittent foxing and spotting throughout, still a very attractive set, in custom brown cloth chemises and a morocco-backed slipcase. First edition (with Hobart & Robbins on the copyright pages). Illustrated vignette on title pages and 6 plates by Hammatt Billings. [iii]-x, [13]-312; iv, [5]-322 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Uncle Tom in the Original Cloth, Early Ownership. A sharp copy in original publisher's cloth of the first edition of one of the most important works of American literature. With contemporary ownership inscriptions on the front pastedowns dated only 6 days after the book's publication, "Lucy Curtis / Newton, March 26, 1852" (BAL notes that Uncle Tom's Cabin was advertised for March 20). "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-ninteenth-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 weakness 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 of any book before or since" (PMM). BAL 19343; Wright 2401; PMM 332; Grolier American 100, 61; Sabin 92457. Provenance: Lucy Curtis (her inscriptions on pastedowns, "Lucy Curtis / Newton, March 26, 1852")


In Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe, the title character Uncle Tom is a long-suffering slave, loyal to both his faith and his master. Presented with an opportunity to escape, he instead chooses to remain in slavery to avoid embarrassing his master. After being sold to a slave trader, Tom suffers brutal treatment and is eventually beaten to death for his refusal to betray his friends — made to represent an ideal of true Christianity. Enormously popular (it was the best-selling novel of the 19th century) and influential, it’s publication in 1852 was instrumental in bringing visibility to the cruel reality of slavery. In more recent years, it has come under considerable criticism for its portrayal of meekness and subservience and the phrase “Uncle Tom” is sometimes used as an epithet for someone seen as overly subservient.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly


  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 259578
  • Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly
  • Author: Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • Format/binding: Illustrated vignette on title pages and 6 plates by Hammatt Billings. [iii]-x, [13]-312; iv, [5]-322 pp. 2 vols. 8vo
  • Book condition: Used - Publisher's brown cloth (BAL binding B) front covers gilt-stamped with vignette, spine lettering gilt. Wear to spine ends an
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition (with Hobart & Robbins on the copyright pages)
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: John P. Jewett
  • Place: Boston
  • Date published: 1852
  • Keywords: American | Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;


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