Madrid: Imprenta de D. Jose Mares, 1853. Two volumes in one. 332,; 260.pp. Dark blue 20th-century Spanish quarter calf and light blue cloth, spine gilt. Minor scuffing to spine ends and edges, mild rubbing. Unobtrusive pen and pencil scribblings to a few leaves, small loss to top edge of eight leaves costing a few words per leaf, occasional spotting or minor foxing to text. Good. Item #3702
An obscure early Spanish edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's seminal novel that helped spark the American Civil War, complete in two volumes bound together. This edition was published by Jose Mares in Madrid the year after its first publication in the United States, and after two Spanish editions in Madrid, also in 1852. The text of each volume is followed by a single-page chapter index. Some chapters conclude with a small engraved vignette which seem to be standard pastoral scenes or illustrations not expressly created to illustrate Stowe's narrative.
Stowe’s game-changing novel of the American South was summed up perfectly in the publisher’s note to a recent edition: "Uncle Tom's Cabin brought the evils of slavery to the consciences and hearts of the American people by its moving portrayal of slave experience. Harriet Beecher Stowe shows us in scenes of great dramatic power the human effects of a system in which slaves were property: the breakup of families, the struggles for freedom, and the horrors of plantation labour. She brings into fiction the different voices of the emerging American nation; the Southern slave-owning classes, Northern abolitionists, the sorrow songs and dialect of slaves, as well as the language of political debate and religious zeal. The novel was, and is, controversial and abrasive in its demand for change."
OCLC reports just five copies of this edition, including two in Spain, two copies at New York Public (one of which is volume one only), and one at the British Library.
Sabin 92613 (citing only the one-volume NYPL copy).