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Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Dred; a tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co., 1856. 12mo (20 cm, 7.87"). 2 vols. I: 329, [7 (6 adv.)] pp. II; v, , –370 pp. $475.00
The follow-up to Uncle Tom's Cabin: first American edition, first state as described by BAL (matching on all points, including state "A" bindings), with publisher's advertisements at the back of vol. I.
In some ways even more militantly abolitionist than Uncle Tom, this novel's complicated plot => drew liberally on real-life figures and events that Stowe cited in a long and detailed Appendix, to create and assert a realism as to slavery and its effects that readers would find undismissable..
Provenance: Front free endpaper of vol. I with inked inscription: "To Miss Matthews As a Phillipoena Pay[men]t From G.S.R. October 7 1856." ("Phillipoena" was a German-derived game involving love and friendship penalties or "forfeits" between couples; make of that what you will!) Most recently in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.
Binding: Publisher's straight-grained very dark brown cloth, covers framed in blind-stamped leaf and vine decorations, spines with gilt-stamped title and "Boston" at feet; plain yellow endpapers.
BAL 19389; Wright, II, 2391. Bound as above, slightly cocked, lightly rubbed overall and moreso at corners; spine extremities chipped. Varying degrees of foxing; some signatures starting to loosen. => Inscription as above! (41279) Please RESHELVE This.
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