Anna Sewell - Black Beauty: the autobiography of a horse - 1880

Anna Sewell - Black Beauty: the autobiography of a horse - 1880
Children's books, Literature - Quantity: 1 - Book

"Black Beauty: the autobiography of a horse" by Anna Sewell

Jarrold and Sons, London - ca 1880, early edition - 247p, 14cmx12xm - condition: good, original publisher's binding in green binding variant with gilded title with some wear and rubbing, housed in mylar cover, frontispiece present, part of title page missing (therefore unable to identify exact edition, but based on frontispiece, title page name, and ads, this is likely to be one of the earlier editions published between first edition in 1877 and 1880), some page smudging, complete. The first and earlier editions in publisher binding are very rare nowadays and valuable.

The novel that unified a movement, the most widespread tool wielded by humane societies to abolish practices of cruel treatment of horses, especially the use of the bearing-rein. Now considered one of the most famous English children's books of the Victorian era, Black Beauty only sold about 100 copies during the holiday season when it was first published. Its momentum slowly gathered with good reviews, but the book's major turning point occurred in the US. Following the life of a horse, from the horse's perspective, Black Beauty proved a powerful vehicle to spotlight examples of cruelty to animals, and became a unifying symbol among animal rights activists seeking more humane treatment of horses. In a brilliant move, the founder of the American Humane Education Society, George T. Angell, attracted corporate donations to finance printing thousands of copies to give away to stablemen and horse drivers.

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Children's books, Literature
Author/ Illustrator
Anna Sewell
Book Title
Black Beauty: the autobiography of a horse
Publication year oldest item
Different editions
Original language
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Number of pages
14×12 cm
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