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Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly. by  Harriet Beecher Stowe - First Edition - from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller (SKU: 123051)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

by Stowe, Harriet Beecher

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Boston: John P. Jewett & Company. Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852. 2 vols, 8vo, [iii], vi-x, [1], 13-312; [i-iii], iv, [1], 6-322 pp. With six engraved plates by Hammett Billings (three in each volume). Original publisher’s brown cloth over boards. BAL B binding with vignette on top cover stamped in gilt; backstrips lettered in gilt, otherwise blindstamped, all edges plain. Very occasional foxing as usual, light dealer pencil annotations, foot of the backstrip of vol. 2 with minimal repair to the cloth. Enclosed in two crushed red morocco pull-off slipcases lettered in gilt. § First edition, first printing, BAL "B" binding. "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-nineteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell. . . . Whatever its weaknesses as a literary work . . . the social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since." (PMM 19343) This is as fine a copy as has been seen in the last 25 years. Grolier American 100, #61. Grolier English 100 p. 183. BAL 19343.

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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. 

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On Mar 31 2020, a reader said:
Excellent book to gain empathy and insight into the enslaved pathos, struggle and plight! This book presents well designed ideas to ennoble and elivate the human race as brothers, and sisters of a common God, and Father of us all.

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John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
123051
Title
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.
Author
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Book condition
second hand
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
John P. Jewett & Company. Cleveland
Place of Publication
Boston

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About John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller offers an exceptional selection of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times through the twentieth century; we specialize in illustrated material, particularly the work of William Blake and his circle. Located in downtown San Francisco, we have served an international clientele of private collectors, libraries, and institutions for 35 years. We are actively purchasing books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin remain special interests. We are members of the ABAA, ILAB, and PBFA, and we subscribe to the code of ethics endorsed by reputable antiquarian booksellers worldwide.

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Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [more]
gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]
First Edition
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edges
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BAL
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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [more]
fine
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vignette
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