Feb 25, 2010 - Sale 2204

Sale 2204 - Lot 89

Price Realized: $ 2,280
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
A RARE SURVIVAL (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER. Little Eva Song. Uncle Tom's Guardian Angel. Linen handkerchief, 10x12 inches. Surrounding an image of "Little Eva and Uncle Tom in the Arbor" is an elaborately engraved border with facts and figures regarding the sales of Mrs Stowe's novel. The linen lightly and evenly toned with one tiny stain and a tiny hole in the middle of the music, barely obscuring one note. It appears that when this handkerchief was made, the top "hem" was sewn in such a manner as to obscure part of the top border. Boston: Jewettt, 1852

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exceedingly rare commemorative handkerchief issued by John P. Jewett, the publisher of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Probably a giveaway at booksellers, this piece was definitely a promotional item. The facts and figures in the border announce that over 115,000 copies of the novel, or 230,000 volumes had been sold in six months. This is the first time we have seen this piece. We could find no reference to another example.