Celebrating the Bible in Black History

Collection ID



Printed Book




London (England)




Printed on Paper


7.3 × 4.9 × 1.5 in. (18.6 × 12.5 × 3.7 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

This is the first London edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Originally published as a series of installments in the American abolitionist newspaper The National Era, the book sold more than one million copies in the United States and Europe during its first year in print. Stowe drew upon biblical themes and imagery throughout her narrative to condemn slavery as a moral atrocity. The novel would eventually go through dozens of editions in multiple languages. This copy is bound in one volume.

Published in 1852 by H. G. Bohn, London, England. Acquired by 1906 by Charles E. Pyser, book collector, New Jersey.[1] Acquired by 1946 by Charles Walker Andrews, book collector, New York.[2] Acquired by 2019 by Ted Steinbock, private collector, Louisville, Kentucky; Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] An inscription on the front endpaper notes this book was sold in 1908 as part of Charles E. Pyser’s collection. Pyser died in 1906. Another inscription on the front endpaper states, “Bishop’s Court, Housekeeper’s Room.” No other information is available at this time. [2] Charles Walker Andrews’s bookplate is located on the front pastedown. Andrews died in 1946.

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