By: Anne Sewell Illustrated by: Lucy Kemp-Welch
Hardcover. London, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1st Thus, 1915, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 226 pages. LIMITED EDITION OF 600 COPIES - SIGNED AND HAND NUMBERED BY ILLUSTRATOR LUCY KEMP-WELCH. Illustrated with 30 full color tipped-in plates and many black & white line drawings. Title in gilt on spine and front cover. Front cover features embossed gilt portrait of Black Beauty and Ginger. Light fraying to cloth at top and bottom of spine. Small whitish smudge on back cover. A nice copy.
The Illustrated Edition
The 1915 edition of Black Beauty was illustrated by the renown horse illustrator, Lucy Kemp-Welch. Many of her paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy and a collection is now at the Tate. She is widely recognized for her paintings of military WW I horses. But she is best known by her Black Beauty illustrations.
British Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell is remembered as the founder of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides. His horse, Black Prince, is remembered as the model for Black Beauty.
Anne Sewell relied on horse transportation most of her life. She wrote Black Beauty to advocate for the humane treatment of horses. She was 57 when it was published in 1877. It became an instant success. And it became a beloved children's book, too. In fact, Black Beauty by Anne Sewell is one of the best selling books of all time.