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Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin First Edition 1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin First Edition 1852


Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin in its original binding first edition 1852. The book measures 8.25 x 5.50 inches (approximately). This UK first edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published by John Cassell, Ludgate Hill, London in 1852. The Title Page states: “Twenty-seven illustrations on wood by George Cruikshank, Esq.”.


All the plates are present as per the ‘List of the Illustrations’ to the front of the book. The List of Illustrations has errors, for one instance, the List of the Illustrations lists “Aunt Chloe hearing of Uncle Tom’s Death” is listed first on page 82 followed by “George Shelby giving Liberty to his Slaves” opposite page 382, when they are inserted the other way around.


The binding has raised decoration to the front and back boards, and gilt lettering and decoration to the spine. The binding is in Good + condition being mostly complete with wear and marks to the front board, back board, spine; with wear and minor losses to the top and bottom of the spine; corner knocks; with internal cracks, with the top board hinge broken and damage to the back board, but with the pages still firmly inserted in the book.


There are 391 numbered pages with 24 introductory pages (numbered i-xxiii), with yellow front and rear end papers and 3 pages of advertisements to the end of the book.  The pages and illustrations and remarkably clean and in overall Very Good + condition with a small corner missing from the last advertisement. This is an exceptionally rare Uncle Tom’s Cabin first edition from 1852 that is still in its original condition, including its original cloth.

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Title:  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Edition: First edition

Publisher: John Cassell, Ludgate Hill, London

Date of Publication: 1852

Condition of the Binding: Good + condition

Condition of the Pages: Very Good + condition

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