Stowe, Harriet Beecher

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[ROSSETTI, WILLIAM MICHAEL] Stowe, HarrietBeecher. THE KEY TO UNCLE TOM'S CABIN [bound with]Irving's OLIVER GOLDSMITH. London: Clark, Beeton[1853] and London: George Routledge, 1850. Twovolumes bound in one. Contemporary binder's cloth,gilt. Very good tight copy. Stowe's KEY waspublished simultaneously by Sampson, Low, andClark, Beeton, in December, 1852; this is the`Cheap Edition' published in the summer of 1853(see BAL 19357). The Irving is the second Englishedition, published one month after the first (seeBAL 10173). From the library of William MichaelRossetti (1829-1919), with his ink signature onthe front end paper: "W. M. Rossetti." A wonderfulphotograph of his library appears as thefrontispiece to Rossetti's SOME REMINISCENCES(1906) showing his daughter Helen sitting onShelley's sofa reading a book, illuminated bybrilliant morning sunlight. The dispersal of thelibraries of Dante Gabriel, Christina, and WilliamMichael began with the Wharton & Co. sale of 1882upon the death of Dante, and later the Tregaskissale. Some were later sold to T. J. Wise. Otherswere sold by his daughter Helen in 1921 atSotheby's, and from his daughter Olivia's estatein 1960. Perhaps the last of the books were soldin 1973 from the estate of his granddaughter,Imogen. William Fredeman has written that "Williamwas one of the most widely connected men of thecentury" and that the list of literati who visitedhis library "is almost endless.". Bookseller Inventory #

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