Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020

STOWE, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly

Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., [1852]

First Edition, rare FIRST STATE  in its original two volumes of this landmark social masterpiece, beautifully preserved in its original state.  Both volumes in splendid condition, truly very near fine; an exquisite set of a monumentally important politically relevant, social and literary achievement by the author whom Lincoln called, “the little lady who started the great war.”

The author was compelled to write this novel by the 1850 passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, in which “all good citizens” (Northern as well as Southern) were commanded to assist Federal agents in capturing runaway slaves and returning them to their masters. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN was first published serially in the abolitionist periodical National Era, from June 1851 to April 1852. The book itself, in two volumes, was published in March 1852, prior to the end of serialization, and quickly became an enormous success.

Unusually, the pages of both volumes are practically devoid of foxing and generally remain beautifully fresh and white. All in all, a handsome, splendid example of this hugely important  work, made even more important as it is accompanied by a 3.5″ x 2.0″ card with an autograph quotation by the author. In her hand the quotation reads: “Trust in the Lord and do good,” which she has signed “HB Stowe” and dated it “Aug. 3, 1886″.

Deservedly and brilliantly presented in an exquisite custom-made full Morocco clamshell case.