Uncle Tom's Cabin and Circa 1885 Signed Cabinet Card (2)">

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1885 Harriet Beecher Stowe Signed Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Circa 1885 Signed Cabinet Card (2)

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $2,400

Presented are two extraordinary items, a cabinet card and a book, each signed by the legendary Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American author and abolitionist. Ideally, the signed book is a copy of her most famous and influential work: Uncle Tom's Cabin, which was written in 1852. The book, which is a later printing (Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston, 1885), has been signed and personally inscribed as a gift by Stowe on the front flyleaf: "Louis Smith/A Christmas gift/from his friend &/well wishes/H. B. Stowe/Dec 25, 1885." Both the inscription and signature are boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grade "10." The green, illustrated boards display moderate-to-heavy wear and separation along the spine that has resulted in a number of detached pages, including the inscribed front flyleaf. All of the pages are moderately toned. In Good condition overall. Signed copies of Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin are extremely rare and highly sought after by collectors. This example was purchased by our consignor at public auction in November 2008 for $3,232. Rarer still, the second item in this collection is a magnificent circa 1880s cabinet card of the author that is beautifully signed "Harriet Beecher Stowe" in black ink ("9/10") along the base of the mount. The photograph, which pictures Stowe in a bust-length image, was produced by extremely well known Boston photographer Hastings, as noted in print on the reverse. This item was purchased by our consignor at public auction to display with the signed book in July 2010 for $1,864. The cabinet card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) is in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition. These two signed pieces are each of great note individually; together they are more than the sum of their parts, combining the great visual display value of the photo, and the great historical significance of Harriet Beecher Stowe's most important work. This is an exceptional pair of signed items, assembled by a true connoisseur collector of civil rights and American history artifacts, from one of the most important female authors of the nineteenth century. Our consignor has instruced us to keep these two items together as a single lot. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (for the cabinet card only) and Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.

Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,400

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