The Independent
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New York: 21 October 1852


  . . . ANTI-TOM.—"Uncle Tom's Cabin contrasted with Buckingham Hall, the Planter's Home; or, a Fair View of both sides of the Slavery Question." By Robert Criswell. Published by D. Fanshaw, 106 Nassau-street, 12mo, pp. 152. With Illustrative Pictures. Surely, the "contrast" is very great between the Planter's House and the Slave's Cabin. No book or picture is needed to prove this. Nor is it a new idea, that the prospect of marrying a plantation and negroes should make either New Yorkers or Englishmen confess a change in their views of slavery.

  NORTHWOOD.—Another of the attempts to "head off" Uncle Tom, is a reprint of the work entitled "Northwood; or Life North and South," by Mrs. S. J. Hale. 12mo, pp. 408, stitched. H. Long & Brother, publishers, 48 Ann-street. The title on the cover is headed "Mrs. Hale's Great National Work," which should commend it to the Castle Garden Coalition. In the preface the author informs us that the work was written 25 years ago, as a means of support for her orphan children, and "was written literally with my baby in my arms, the youngling of the flock, whose eyes did not open on the world till its father's were closed in death."

  ILLUSTRATED UNCLE TOM.—Messrs. Jewett & Co., Boston, the publishers of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," inform us that they are preparing to issue for the holidays a gift edition of the work entire, in one 8vo volume, with one hundred superb engravings, from designs by Billings, engraved by Bohn & Smith, of Boston, in connection with other eminent engravers. They intend to make it one of the most splendid books ever published in America. One of the engravings will be an elegant steel-plate portrait of Mrs. Stowe. Mr. Jewett adds:—

  "I take pleasure in informing you that we shall soon publish Uncle Tom in the German language, translated by one of the best German scholars in the country. We hope to get it up to retail for thirty cents, thus placing it within the reach of every German in the country."