Boston: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavos. Near Fine. Some fading and light wear to the original cloth bindings.
A lovely copy of one of the most impactful books of the American 19th century. There is little doubt that Mrs. Stowe's book and its widespread readership in the North solidified abolition sentiment and hastened the oncoming Civil War. This first edition has a scarce prospectus of the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe laid in, which she has inscribed and signed "From Harriet Beecher Stowe." The prospectus is in the original mailing envelope addressed in Mrs. Stowe's hand and postmarked Hartford, Conn. Also laid in is an early 20th century description of this item by bookseller Harry F. Marks. Faint contemporaneous inscriptions on endpapers of both volumes. The two volumes reside in a custom slipcase. BAL #19343 binding "B" (priority not established).