All copies are not equal

> Here is a book which is NOT in our collection. Actually, we do have a copy, but not THIS copy. This is the first illustrated edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in Boston in 1852.

This copy is Lot 54 in the upcoming sale (Feb. 21) at Swann Galleries in New York (the theme of which is Printed and Manuscript African Americana). The estimate is $3,000 to $5,000, but it sounds low to me (they are often low to encourage bidding, but the high estimate seems low–I’ll go out on a limb and say $8-10K). This copy was presented and inscribed to Ann Terry Green Phillips, wife of abolitionist Wendell Phillips, from the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, as a Christmas gift in 1852.

The PPL has a stunning collection of editions (and translations) of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and over the next few days I’ll show you what I mean. Prepare to be amazed.

I’ve shown this for two reasons–it’s just plain fun to follow the trade if you love this stuff; but also to illustrate that if you have one copy of a book, it doesn’t mean you should never get another one. This, my friends, is historical evidence, staring you right in the face.

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