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Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. by Anna Sewell - First Edition, First Impression - 1877 - from Everlasting Editions (SKU: 348)

Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions.

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Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions.: The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine.

by Anna Sewell

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The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine.

Published by Jarrold and Sons, London; 1877. First Edition, First Printing.

Extremely rare in condition such as this. Highly collectible.

This is a lovely, collectible copy of this extremely rare first edition of Anna Sewell's only publication. She completed the novel, in spite of her ill health and sold it to her mother's publishers for £40, who published it on 24 November 1877 when she was 57. She wrote it for those who worked with horses with the aim 'being to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses' (Mrs Bayly, 272) and it has gone on to become one of the most cherished children's classics.

Bound in the original red cloth binding with gilt and black design [variant of Carter's B binding]. Engraved frontispiece. Preserved in a Fine red morocco folding case. This is an excellent example of this much-loved children's first edition and the boards are smart and in lovely conditions, depicting the horse's head on the front. There are just some minor signs of ageing, as might be expected on a book of this age. The hinges are weakening a little and there is some wear to the corners, edges and spine. There is some minor rubbing to the boards. Apart from these small signs of age, the binding is in excellent condition.

Inside, the pages are remarkably clean and bright, with just some small signs of foxing and toning to the edges. A few page corners are creased where they have been folded and there are a couple of faint pencil marks to the endpapers. There is a little chipping to the paper affixed to inside of the front board and slight cracking to the spine can be seen inside the front board, and again in the centre of the book. In spite of these small points, this book is in beautiful condition, indeed it is very rare to find a children's first edition of this age so well preserved, with the 8 pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. In all a very rare and collectible first edition of this beloved children's classic.


First published under the full title: Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Equine, by Jarrold and Sons London in 1877, the novel now known as simply Black Beauty was written by English author Anna Sewell. The first American editions from 1890 have the added title ' The “Uncle Tom's Cabin” of the Horse' as promoters of the novel hoped it would do for animal welfare what Stowe's novel did for the abolition of slavery. Anna Sewell was born in 1820 in Great Yarmouth, England. She suffered an accident as a child that left her crippled and dependent on carriage horses as her main source of mobility. She began writing Black Beauty in 1871, and continued through 1877 though her health was deteriorating. In December 1876 she wrote in her diary "I have been confined to the house and to my sofa, from time to time, when I am able, been writing what I think will turn out a little book, its special aim being to induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses". Her mother, Mary Wright Sewell, was a successful children's author, and Anna helped edit her books, and later her mother helped Anna transcribe Black Beauty . An animal autobiography, told by the magnificent black horse himself, this is the dramatic and heartwarming tale of Black Beauty's life-from his idyllic days on a country squire's estate to his harsh fate as a London cab horse. Although not originally intended as a children's novel, but for people who work with horses, it soon became a children's classic. Two years after the release of Black Beauty in the United States there were one million copies in circulation. Today Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books in history, with over 50 million copies sold in 50 different languages. The earliest dated inscribed copies are Christmas 1877. Although the book was an immediate bestseller, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become a success – she died on 25 April 1878.


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On Sep 8 2005, marydeme said:
While living at Squire Gordon's country estate, the spirited young horse, Black Beauty, is well taken care of an happy. But when the squire is forced to sell off his horses, Black Beauty's life changes as he is passed from one curel master to another. After much hardship and perseverance, Black Beauty finds a home full of love and kindness.


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