Or the Autobiography of a Horse. Sixth Edition, 1879 or earlier.
Dated from the o riginal damaged endpaper, which we have retained, which carries an inscription dated August 1st, 1879. Published by Jarrold & Sons, 3 Paternoster Buildings, London.
Green cloth with gilt and black decoration. 6.75" x 4.25" (17cm x 11cm). 247pp, plus unpaginated publisher's catalogue to rear. Contents page showing ink-inscribed ticks over the first letter of each chapter title.Closed edges foxed, which sometimes bleeds onto margins, along with the odd grubby marginal finger-marks here and there. Some leaves have archival tape repairs, with several leaves also having old corner creases at upper fore corners, though they all sit nice and flat.
Page 23 has the inscription'Birtwick Park' in ink between the chapter title and the first line of text, which has mirrored onto the facing page. Otherwise contents remain clear and bright throughout. Binding is sound, with no loose or absent leaves.Please see photos for further detail, where the most significant faults are shown. Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. At the age of 14, Anna fell while walking home from school in the rain and injured both ankles. Through mistreatment of the injury, she became unable to walk or stand for any length of time for the rest of her life.
Disabled and unable to walk, she began learning about horses, spending many hours driving her father to and from the station from which he commuted to work. Her dependence on horse-drawn transportation fostered her respect for horses. Sewell's introduction to writing began in her youth when she helped edit the works of her mother, Mary Wright Sewell (17971884), a deeply religious, popular author of juvenile best-sellers.
Black Beauty, written between 1871 and 1877 in her house at Old Catton. During this time, her health was declining, and she could barely get out of bed. Her dearly-loved mother often had to help her in her illness. By telling the story of a horse's life in the form of an autobiography and describing the world through the eyes of the horse, Anna Sewell broke new literary ground.
Sewell died of hepatitis or tuberculosis on 25 April 1878, only five months after the novel was published, but she lived long enough to see its initial success. She was buried on 30 April 1878 in the Quaker burial-ground at Lammas near Buxton, Norfolk, where a wall plaque marks her resting place. Her birthplace in Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, is now a museum.Sewell did not write the novel for children. She said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses" - an influence she attributed to an essay on animals she read earlier by Horace Bushnell (18021876) entitled "Essay on Animals". Her sympathetic portrayal of the plight of working animals led to a vast outpouring of concern for animal welfare and is said to have been instrumental in the abolition of the cruel practice of using the checkrein (or "bearing rein", a strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck). Black Beauty also mentions the use of blinkers on horses, concluding that this use is likely to cause accidents at night due to interference with "the full use of" a horse's ability to see much better in the dark than men can. The item "1870s BLACK BEAUTY BY ANNA SEWELLANTIQUE 19th CENTURY RARE EARLY EDITION HORSES" is in sale since Tuesday, May 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable".
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