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STOWE (Harriet Beecher) Uncle Tom's Cabin,  John Cassell, Ludgate Hill, 1852
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, frontis. portrait, 27 woodcut plates by George Cruickshank, some occasional foxing, 8vo, original cloth, recased spine laid down, spine sunned,

This novel was the best selling book of the nineteenth century, with only the Bible outselling it. Not even Dickens, with the death of little Nell, could outshine Stowe's death of little Eva. After its' initial success, the American Civil War and the abolitionof Slavery. the novel's reputation soared. Cassell visited America in 1853 to attend the "World Temperance Convention" in New York, and again in 1854 and 1859 on publishing business. He met the author Harriet Beecher Stowe and arranged for the publication of an illustrated edition of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Britain - to great success. Cassell strongly supported the cause of the slavery abolitionists. However strong the text is emotionally, and against the Slavery in the Southern State, , the illustrations conform to the comic stereotype of Currier and Ives black humour. President Lincoln, it is claimed, blamed the Civil War on this work.

Stock ref: 13400