An Unusually Fine Copy of Stowe's Seminal "Uncle Tom"

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY.

(Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852). 200 x 120 mm. (7 3/4 x 4 3/4"). Two volumes. FIRST EDITION in book form, FIRST ISSUE (with all the issue points in BAL).

Publisher's purple cloth (BAL binding B), gilt vignette on upper cover, smooth spine with gilt titling. With title page vignettes and six wood-engraved plates, as called for. Bookseller's ticket of Brooks, Salem, on front pastedowns; front flyleaf of volume I with pencil signature of Geo. B. Goodwin, and that of volume II with signature of Mrs. Nancy Goodwin. BAL 19343; PMM 332. Spines uniformly sunned, corners bumped and with cloth worn through in places, two tiny snags at spine ends, but the bindings completely tight and square, and the gilt vignettes on the covers still bright. One opening with light brown smears touching but not obscuring text, occasional small inoffensive spots or stains internally, but all of the defects entirely minor, and THE SET IN NEARLY FINE CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT, much more attractive than the usual copies in original cloth, almost always found cocked, with cracked joints, and/or significant foxing.

Motivated by the fervent calling to rid America of slavery, Stowe (1811-96) suggested in March of 1851 to the editor of the abolitionist newspaper "The National Era" that he consider publishing a serialized story demonstrating the oppression and brutality of life as a slave. The proposal was accepted, and Stowe supplied 13 monthly installments, with publication concluding in April, 1852. The Boston publisher John P. Jewett negotiated with Stowe for publication rights in book form, and he brought out the novel even before the final two serialized installments appeared. The work had attained such popularity by the time it appeared as a book that copies from the initial press run of 5,000 were exhausted within a few days. Sales in America and in Britain were nothing short of phenomenal: 300,000 copies were sold during the first year in the US alone, and more than 20 pirated editions were printed in London during 1852. PMM notes that the novel "exploded like a bombshell" in the debate over slavery, and declares that "the social impact of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since." Our previous owner, George B. Goodwin, is likely the person of that name who lived 1834-86 in Wisconsin, where he was a lawyer, a member of the state assembly, and a colonel in the 41st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. This is an extremely difficult book to find in agreeable condition in publisher's cloth, and it would seem as if the present copy has to be among the best one could obtain.
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PJP Catalog: 72.236

UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE.
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY.
UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR, LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY.