London: Jarrold & Sons, . First edition. Bound in Carter's C blue cloth binding stamped in gilt and black. Brown coated endpapers. A lovely example with just a bit of fading and rolling to the spine, and gentle wear to extremities. Inner hinges professionally repaired. Early bookplate of Clarence H. Young to front pastedown. Internally clean and complete including frontis and rear adverts: viii, 9-247, . A lovely example of a book that is difficult to find in collectible condition, housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell.
Written during the last years of her life, Black Beauty was Anna Sewell’s attempt to draw attention to the mistreatment of animals, particularly horses, in Victorian England. Told in the first person, through Black Beauty's point of view, the novel highlighted animal sentience and attachment, human cruelty, and the dangers of treating living creatures as automata in an increasingly mechanized world. This anthropomorphic tale raised a public outcry for legislative action to alleviate the dire condition of animals and became a symbol for contemporary animal rights activists. It has been heralded as one of the most important social protest novels in Britain. Near Fine (Item #4494)