May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 1,125
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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Little Eva, the Flower of the South. Hand-colored illustrations on each page. 8 pages. 8vo, original stiff hand-colored illustrated wrappers, minor wear and foxing; foxing to contents. New York: Phil J. Cozans, circa 1852

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This children's book was written as part of the first wave of pro-slavery responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin. It tells the story of an angelic 9-year-old daughter of a wealthy Alabama planter. She was kind to all "the little colored boys and girls" (even teaching them to read) and "her old nurse." When a slave named Sam rescues her from drowning, "Eva's parents were so pleased . . . that they gave him his freedom; but he never left them, he loved them all too well." Its clever confusion of character name and plot points with Uncle Tom's Cabin seems like propaganda designed to blunt the powerful impact of the abolitionist novel.