Minister's Wooing, The

Signed By C.e. Stowe

Publisher Derby & Jackson
Year 1859
Edition 1ST
Printing 1ST
Pages 578
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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Derby and Jackson, 1859. FIRST EDITION, first printing. (Dated title and copyright page.) Truly a scarcity by all accounts, authentic association signature of author's similarly famed husband - Calvin Ellis "C.E." Stowe - with their longtime residence of "Andover,Ma" also inscribed in his hand in black ink on first endpage. Harriet Beecher Stowe, American writer and philantropist best known as the author of "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN" and "DRED: A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP", etc. THE MINISTER'S WOOING is considered by many to be her finest novel. A popular Victorian romance, and most literary of all her novels, based in part on the life of her sister, Catherine. This rarity was acquired from the foremost collection of African-American related literature and guaranteed authentic. Calvin Stowe (1802-1886) and Harriet were married in 1836. He was Harriet's husband, literary agent, confidante, and inspiration. Mutual activism included being members of the Underground Railroad, sheltering fugitives in their home, and openly teaching ex-slaves to read and write. He was appointed to a faculty position at Andover Theological Seminary (1852), where he negotiated a book deal (10% royalties) with J. P. Jewett and Company, a minor publisher from Boston. This led to the publication of "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN" in March 1852. It was here, at Andover, that this copy was signed by Mr. Stowe. Very solid collectible copy! Original publisher binding, brown cloth w/gilt lettering and details on spine; blind stamped details to boards. Yellow endpapers. Book *is* clean; straight; square; well-kept; etc. Both hinges cracked (and at rear gutter); first 3 endpapers loosening; wear to spine ends; light overall wear. A piece of American history, signed by Harriet Beecher Stowe's husband, C.E. Stowe! 578 pages.