Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America. With fifty splendid engravings. The People’s Illustrated Edition.

  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
  • London: Clarke & Co., Foreign Booksellers 1852

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Description

8vo, pp. [vii]-xii, 380 + frontispiece, additonal engraved title-page, and 47 plates (8 more than listed in the contents). Bound with: Hildreth, R. The White Slave; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America. London: Clarke, Beeton, & Co. [1853?] 8vo, pp. vi, [3]-316 + frontispiece and 37 plates (of 38? Without ‘Burning a “nigger”‘ at p. 227, apparently as often). Contemporary half calf, textured purple cloth boards, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, dark brown label. Some spotting and toning. Binding rubbed and marked, joints just cracking at head, hinges neatly relined.

Notes

An early printing of Uncle Tom's Cabin bound with another significant anti-slavery novel, Richard Hildreth's 'The Slave' (1836), retitled not long before this edition as 'The White Slave'. Stowe's novel, the best-selling novel of the 19th century, was first published in book form in the USA in March 1852; the first British edition followed two months later, with a score of British printings from various publishers (not all authorised) by the end of the year. This 'People's Illustrated Edition' is published by Clarke & Co., one of the earliest British publishers of the work. The second novel in the volume is a similar edition of The White Slave, this one notable for the violence of its illustrations. The two works were closely associated by the publisher, if not actually issued together: the subtitle of Uncle Tom's Cabin in this issue is wrongly printed as 'or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America', the correct subtitle of The White Slave, instead of the original 'or, Life Among the Lowly'.

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