1852 · Boston & Cleveland, Ohio
Book. Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly. Boston: John P Jewett & Company, and Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852. The first edition was issued in Boston by the same publisher earlier in the same year. Its immediate success is witnessed by an addition to the imprint above the publisher's name: "Seventieth Thousand." Two volumes, 312 and 322 pp. respectively, both inscribed, "The Crawford's/ Ithaca/ New York/ Presented in 1881 by Mrs. Ann Lewis, a colored friend, as her choice treasure." With later pencil inscription, "Given to Mr & Mrs E.M. Newton by Mrs Crawford/ Sept 16 1924." Both volumes in original brown cloth binding with embossed image of a slavery scene, each in new brown cloth archival case. Old professional restoration to loss at top and bottom of each spine. An early set, with an interesting association.
A pivotal work, often cited as a book that helped change the course of human events. Upon meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln supposedly remarked "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." Stowe's work did much to galvanize popular opinion against slavery. Stowe's influence reached as far as Great Britain, where Uncle Tom's Cabin
and anti-slavery sentiment was a factor in preventing open English support of the Confederacy, despite England's financial interest in supporting "King Cotton." (Inventory #: 24794)