THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;
THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;

THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;

presenting the original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements verifying the Truth of the Work. Boston: published by John P. Jewett & Co. [etc.], 1853. 2 pp undated ads. Original light brown printed wrappers.

First American Edition (advertised for February 1853, but not actually issued until April or May, after the English edition). Both the slave owners of the South and the manufacturers of the North understandably attacked UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (published the year before), impugning the book's accuracy. In its defense, Mrs. Stowe wrote the present volume, in which she documented her sources -- a compilation of facts drawn from laws, court records, newspapers and private letters.~This copy has on its copyright page the dual imprints of Hobart & Robbins and of Damrell & Moore, indicating the "probable" second (and usual) issue. It is in Blanck's binding "B" ("sequence, if any, not known") -- light brown wrappers with "London: Low and Company" included in the front cover imprint; Blanck's "C" and "D" bindings are cloth, which are more likely to be encountered today.~This is an unusually clean copy, just about fine, with scarcely any wear (there are three small adhesion marks on the blank inner covers, where someone probably once had cellophane affixed). Quite remarkable condition for a wrappered volume more than 160 years old. Blanck 19359; Hildreth p. 75. Housed in a handsome morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. Item #13945

Price: $675.00

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