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.