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Black Beauty
The American Humane Education Society, Boston, Massachusetts 1890 - First American Edition. 245 pp., plus 16 pp. Humane Society literature. Subtitle, "His Grooms and Companions." Front cover has black type and a decorative ruled border. Rear cover has an advertisement for "Humane Publications." Covers and spine are aged, soiled, foxed and edge-worn. Spine hinges are cracked and/or split. Portions of the spine ends are missing. Corners are chipped. Contents are as follows: a one-page introduction to the founding and goals of the Humane Society by its President, Geo. T. Angell, opposite which is a list of various membership levels and dues and instructions for leaving bequests for "those who wish to remember in their wills our 'American Humane Education Society.' " There is a brief, ink, numerical notation at the top of this page. This is followed by the title page to "Black Beauty" with an etching of a saddled horse and the following comments, "Over Ninety Thousand Copies of this Book have been Sold in England" and the " 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' of the Horse." Each chapter of the novel has a decorative motif at the header of the first page, a decorative initial capital letter begins the first paragraph and each chapter ends with a decorative motif as a footer. On the verso of the final page of the novel is an etching of a little girl standing next to a horse entitled, "One of Black Beauty's Friends." The volume concludes with 12 pages of general information about "The American Humane Education Society" and two pages on "Killling Animals Humanely," with specific instructions for horses and dogs. Interior, on heavy stock, has darkened with age and is occasionally foxed. Otherwise, a clean, tight and very rare edition. Cross reference of book #005322. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery, ABAA/ILAB]
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