Quarto, half leather slightly scuffed; binding is tight; 27 illustrations by George Cruickshank. In general in very good condition with minor usage marks.
The Book is by Harriet Beecher Stowe and is the First English edition. It has 28 engravings by the famous English political cartoonist, who lampooned the British royal family, as well personifying the popular image of John Bull. The book is in its original leather binding, which is slightly scuffed - not surprising given its age!
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman. Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States; one million copies in Great Britain.
There is an ownership inscription on the rear board, with name and address, presumably of the original owner