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Black Beauty His Grooms and Companions. The autobiography of a horse. Translated from the original Equine by Anna Sewell.
London Jarrold and Sons 1877 - First Edition Of "Black Beauty" in Original Cloth SEWELL, Anna. Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell. London: Jarrold & Sons, [1877]. First edition. Octavo (6 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches; 165 x 105 mm). viii [9]-247, [1], [8, ads]. Black and white wood-engraved frontispiece by C. Hewitt (included in pagination). Original publisher's cloth, Carter's variant "C" binding: green cloth blocked in black and gilt. Brown coated endpapers. Some slight rubbing at extremities and to gilt. Hairline crack to rear hinge with small piece of cord showing. Some mild foxing throughout. A contemporary ink inscription on front free endpaper dated 1878. Despite the minor faults mentioned, this is an exceptional copy of this enduring children's classic, not usually found in such nice condition. Housed in a custom morocco clamshell. "Sewell's only publication was Black Beauty, written intermittently from 1871 to 1877 at a time when her health further declined, and she was confined to the house and her sofa. In the early period of writing the novel she dictated to her mother from the sofa on which she lay; in 1876 she was able to write in pencil on slips of paper which her mother transcribed. The novel was sold to her mother's publishers, Jarrold & Sons, for an outright payment of £40 and published as Black Beauty: his grooms and companions; the autobiography of a horse, ‘Translated from the Original Equine, by Anna Sewell’, on 24 November 1877 when Anna was fifty-seven. Now a children's classic, the novel was originally written for those who worked with horses, ‘its special aim’, Sewell wrote, ‘being to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses’ (Mrs Bayly, 272). It has been seen as instrumental in leading to the abolition of the bearing-rein." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Carter, More Binding Variants, pp. 37-38. Wolff 6250. HBS 67808. $8,500 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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