Anna Sewell

BLACK BEAUTY. His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine.

Published: London: Jarrold and Sons.

Date: 1877

First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to her cousin Emma. Publisher's original brown cloth with decoration to the upper board and spine embossed in gilt and black. Carter's variant B binding. Engraved frontispiece after C. Hewitt. An exceptional example, the cloth clean with a little rubbing at the extremities and a small area of scuffing to the top left corner of the upper panel. The binding square, the original endpapers and hinges remain firm. Previous owner's circular blindstamp to the coated front endpaper and some spotting to the front blank, otherwise clean and bright throughout. Inscribed by Anna Sewell in black ink on the front blank “For Dearest Cousin Emma / with the Author's fond love / Christmas 1877”. With two autograph letters signed from the author to “Dearest Cousin Emma”. The first dated 26th Dec [1877] “I sent you a book on the 22nd which I hope arrived safely & brought my love with it.”, the other dated 4th January [1878] and retaining the original mailing envelope “It is impossible for me to tell you all the pleasure that your letter gave me, but as you were an author before any of us, you may perhaps imagine it - I am delighted [underlined] that you like my book”. Also present is a note from Grace Sewell annotated by Emma, sent on Anna's death “Dear Anna particularly requested her affectionate love to be sent to you”. Housed in a purpose-made quarter red morocco case, with titles in gilt to the spine.

An exceptional example in all respects. The recipient Emma Curtis, was herself an author of at least two books including “Annie Barclay” and “Jottings Of An Old Woman Of Eighty”. Anna Sewell began writing Black Beauty in November 1871 whilst confined indoors, crippled with the illness that would eventually claim her life just a few months after the novel was published. As a result author inscribed copies are of the utmost scarcity.


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