UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, ca.1900 1st EDITION ILLUSTRATED HARDBACK. PUBLISHED BY ALTEMUS COMPANY. CONDITION: Displays in very good condition, well above the average example from this printing; pages all appear to be connected to the binding, spine and binding intact with some minor looseness, pages show some brown toning due to age but are not brittle and we found none that are ripped or torn.
DESCRIPTION: This lot is for an original 1900 1ST EDITION , THUS of " UNCLE TOM'S CABIN " by Harriet Beecher Stowe, as published into a special abridged edition just 4 years after Stowe's passing on July 1, 1896. Y OU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It is dominated by a single theme: the evil and immorality of slavery. Stowe emphasizes the horrors of slavery on almost every page of the novel while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as the enslavement of fellow human beings. Unlike the 1852 1st edition, published by John P. Jewett & Company in two separate volumes, this special First ALTEMUS' YOUNG PEOPLE'S LIBRARY EDITION contains VOL. 1 & 2 combined into one book. It is beautifully illustrated with over 90 ILLUSTRATIONS by celebrated artists of the time.
MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK, INFO & INTERESTING HISTORY: Upon publication, Uncle Tom's Cabin ignited a firestorm of protest from defenders of slavery (who created a number of books in response to the novel) while the book elicited praise from abolitionists. Southern reactions ranged from forcing a bookseller in Mobile, Alabama to leave town for selling the novel to sending threatening letters to Stowe herself (including a package containing a slave's severed ear). The novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the United States, so much so in the latter case that the novel intensified the sectional conflict leading to the American Civil War. The book also helped create a number of stereotypes about Blacks, many of which endure to this day. These include the affectionate, dark-skinned mammy; the Pickaninny stereotype of black children; and the Uncle Tom, or dutiful, long-suffering servant faithful to his white master or mistress. In recent years, the negative associations with Uncle Tom's Cabin have, to an extent, overshadowed the historical impact of the book as a "vital antislavery tool." In the first year of publication, 300,000 copies of Uncle Tom's Cabin were sold. The book eventually became the best-selling novel in the world during the 19th century (and the second best-selling book after the Bible), with the book being translated into every major language. Uncle Tom's Cabin sold equally well in England, with the first London edition appearing in May, 1852 and selling 200,000 copies. In a few years over 1.5 million copies of the book were in circulation in England, although most of these were pirated copies. [This description is being copied and used from a listing sold in 2013 that we believe is an exact identification of this example being offered]