Possibly the Most Important Book Printed in the United States
STOWE, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896). American novelist, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She was a reformer, temperance leader, suporter of the anti-slavery movement and women’s suffrage. During a meeting with Abraham Lincoln at the Executive Mansion, the towering giant of a president looked down at the tiny woman and said: “So you are the little woman who started this war.”
Her book: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Or Life Among The Lowly, Universal Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press, 1892. Inscribed: “Mr. James Smith Bush from his friend Harriet Beecher Stowe, Trust in the Lord and Do Good.” Book in G-VG condition, pictorial cover. Binding nice and tight, pages browning from age. Most copies offered by dealers of this book will have a slip tipped in signed by Stowe. It is scarce to find a copy actually inscribed and signed.
James Smith Bush was an Episcopal Priest and religious writer. Ancestor of the Bush political family. He was the father of business magnate Samuel Prescott Bush. Grandfather of U.S. Senator Prescott Bush, great grandfather of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and great grandfather of U.S. President George W. Bush. James Smith Bush died in 1889 and this copy was printed in 1892. Apparently someone in the Bush family possibly a son or daughter of James Smith Bush met Harriet Stowe and asked that the book be inscribed to their late father an old friend of Mrs. Stowe ......................................$7,500.00