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DICKENS, Charles) DENMAN, Thomas, 1st Baron.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Bleak House, Slavery and the Slave Trade. Seven articles. reprinted from the "Standard". With an article containing facts connected with slavery, by Sir George Stephens. 2nd edn.
Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans. 1853. 60pp, sewn as issued into integral buff paper wrappers; a little dusted in places, edges chipped & sewing rather fragile. Auction records indicate two copies of this work have been offered for sale in the last 70 years. There are several institutional holdings, but we can find none in commerce. The first edition, in a slightly shorter format, appeared in late 1852, but is dated 1853. A scarce pamphlet addressing the issue of slavery, with particular reference to the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe (the dedicatee) and Charles Dickens. Lord Denman was 'a friend of the extinction of Slavery', and found in the 'magnificent work' Uncle Tom's Cabin a compelling argument against its continued practice: 'well has she exposed the miseries inevitably flowing from that state of things'. Conversely, Denman found troubling sentiments in the works of Dickens, especially Bleak House, accusing him of undermining efforts to bring about its demise. 'We do not say that he actually defends slavery or the slave-trade', Denman wrote, 'but he takes pains to discourage, by ridicule, the effort now making to put them down'. Thomas Denman, 1779-1854, was a Whig politician and committed Abolitionist. From 1832 until 1850 he served as Lord Chief Justice. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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