Third English edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published by C.H. Clarke and Co. in 1852, with forty illustrations.
Octavo, xii, 380pp. Full blue morocco, title in gilt on spine, raised bands with gilt embellishments. All edges gilt. New marbled endpapers and flyleaves. Five page preface signed “G,”, as noted in Sabin. Solid text block, light wear to gilt edges, faint foxing to leaves. Complete with forty full-page illustrations, all but three with tissue guards. Illustration for page 124 bound in opposite frontispiece, and illustration for page 198 bound at 192. (Sabin 92471) (Cohn 777) (BAL 19518) An attractive copy.
The publishing history of the first English edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin is problematic. According to BAL, the copy published by Clarke and Company in April of 1852 is the true first state. BAL also concedes that the earliest advertisements for the English edition noted only 300 pages, which is difficult to verify. To further complicate the situation, there were a number of pirated editions published in London in 1852. This copy from Clarke & Co. notes “forty Illustrations,” which is specific to the third printing.