London: John Cassell, 1852.
Cruikshank, George. First Cruikshank edition. With 27 illustrations on wood by George Cruikshank, including the frontispiece portrait of Stowe. [xxiv], 391, [1 ad] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's brown cloth, covers and spine blocked in blind, lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: Caroline Stickmott (calligraphic presentation inscription on the front endpaper from her cousin, dated 1853) Cohn 777; PMM 332 (First Edition). Item #346636
Immensely best-selling in England and America. BAL identifies one edition (BAL 19518) — not illustrated — which precedes this edition by a few weeks, but the Cassell edition, being by far the more desirable, has traditionally been called the English first
"In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-ninteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell. To those engaged in fighting slavery it appeared as an indictment of all the evils inherent in the system they opposed; to the pro-slavery forces it was a slanderous attack on 'the Southern way of life.' Whatever its weakness as a literary work - structural looseness and excess of sentiment among them - the social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than of any book before or since" (PMM).
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