1852. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company. Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.
2 vols, 8vo, [iii], vi-x, , 13-312; [i-iii], iv, , 6-322 pp. With six engraved plates by Hammett Billings (three in each volume).Original publisher’s brown cloth over boards. BAL B binding with vignette on top cover stamped in gilt; backstrips lettered in gilt, otherwise blindstamped, all edges plain. Very occasional foxing as usual, light dealer pencil annotations, foot of the backstrip of vol. 2 with minimal repair to the cloth. Enclosed in two crushed red morocco pull-off slipcases lettered in gilt.
§ First edition, first printing, BAL "B" binding. "In the emotion-charged atmosphere of mid-nineteenth-century America Uncle Tom's Cabin exploded like a bombshell. . . . Whatever its weaknesses as a literary work . . . the social impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since." This is as fine a copy as has been seen in the last 25 years. (PMM 19343) Grolier American 100, #61. Grolier English 100 p. 183. BAL 19343. Item #123051