Thomas Crowell Edition

  Besides the dramatic cover design, this edition of Stowe's novel -- one of the many brought out by dozens of different American publishers after the book's copyright expired in 1892 -- contains only one illustration, the frontispiece at left. But in this kind of case it's interesting to notice which one of the novel's many memorable scenes the publisher or the illustrator or both chose to represent the story as a whole.

  The frontispiece is dated "1897," and as far as I've been able to learn, was commissioned for this edition. The signature is not entirely legible, but the artist's name is something like "C. Copela(na?)."

Uncle Tom's Cabin. By Harriet Beecher Stowe. (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1897)
Courtesy the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford CT.