Sale 137 Lot 304

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Cleveland: J. P. Jewett, 1852.

2 vols. 8vo, bound by Riviere in modern black morocco, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, original covers and spines bound in at end. First edition, first printing of Stowe's anti-slavery novel. Some minor spotting to a few pages; otherwise fine.

[Tipped in vol. 1:]

Autographed letter signed ("H. B. Stowe"), 4 pages, Paris, December 2, n.y. [c. 1866]. Stowe thanks [William Hickley] Prescott for his praises of her recent work and discusses the character of Nina Gordon, from Dred: A Tale of Great Dismal Swamp. Stowe writes: "It is a weakness that attends us makers of puppet shows that we sometimes conceive a real human affection for some of our corps de ballet as Pygmalion for his statue. I had such a weakness for my little Nina ... In fact I have such a motherly weakness for the poor child that whoever speaks well of her becomes henceforth a discerning person in my eyes . . ." Nina Gordan is the young white plantation heiress of Stowe's second anti-slavery novel, originally pbulished in 1856 and reissued in 1866 under the name of the title character.

[Also tipped in vol. 1:]

Albumen portrait of Stowe signed on the mount ("Harriet Beecher Stowe").

Estimate $ 5,000-7,000

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