SALE * Uncle Tom's Cabin 3rd Edition 1885 Cloth Bound
A third edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, or Life Among the Lowly. Published in 1885 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company. A beautiful, folky engraving welcomes the reader at the start, with its original protective tissue paper.
This is a nice old copy of the seminal novel that so greatly influenced the population of the United States. The New Yorker reviewed the book, calling it "...one of the most successful feats of persuasion in American history." They continued, "...Stowe’s novel shifted public opinion about slavery so dramatically that it has often been credited with fuelling the war that destroyed the peculiar institution..... Abraham Lincoln, when meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe for the first time, said, “Is this the little woman who made this great (Civil) war?” A review from Fraser's Magazine in August of 1852 stated that 50,000 copies were sold within 8 weeks and predicted that Uncle Tom's Cabin would be widely read and frequently discussed for a long, long time. They were right.
Our copy is nothing fancy. It is cloth covered, hard back and front. The front is water stained here and there and the ink within the impressed design blends so well with the dark blue of the cloth, you can hardly read it. The spine has gilt lettering of the title, which is in good condition. Rag paper pages, with therefore no mold or fungus. The pages have, however, darkened somewhat, specifically around the edges. The font is small, but it is clear and easy to read. The pages are all present and intact. The binding is most worn at the very top of the spine. The front engraving is in lovely condition, as is the tissue page. This book is entirely readable. And there is none of that dreaded, musty old book smell. The book is a pleasure to hold, and to read. 7 3/4"H X 5"W X 1" thick. Free USPS Media Mail shipping to your USA address.