The story of Black Beauty and Little Bear

September 13, 2013 – 14:11
1952 `Black Beauty Paul Brown Equestrian Art, 1st Ed - Anna

It is Saturday morning and the rain has not stopped for the last twelve hours. I am trying to sort out my book case but I have come across my favorite copy of Black Beauty
and I thought I would share this very special book with you.

I love this book. The first time I read Black Beauty I must have been about nine years old and instantly fell in love it.
As a matter of fact I can´t decide if this is a story for adults or children.
It is believed Anna Sewell wrote this book to improve the life of horses hoping people who worked with horses would treat them better.

It is the only book that Anna Sewell ever wrote and sadly she died just five months after it was published.
This hub is not only about Black Beauty the book however it is also about the souls of antique books.
Like I said I own several copies of Black Beauty but one copy is very special and I would like to share with you.
Some old books seem to have sort traveled and picked up their own story on the way, and my favorite copy Black Beauty has a little side line.
Real or imaginary I don't really know so I will leave up to you to decide.

The Black Beauty story seems to have followed me around, and whenever I go into a second hand book shop I look
for it . I still have the copy of Black Beauty that my mom gave me, and my copy has been read by many people on its journey.
Sometimes I wish that I would have asked readers to put their names inside the front cover and the date when they read the book.

My very special copy of Black Beauty

It was purchased about ten years ago and as soon as I saw I knew it was meant for me.
To be honest I don´t know what made it so different, it was sort of calling to me and I knew it was something special about it.

When I opened up the front cover I soon realized that it must have once been a gift to a small child. It has an inscription "To Little Bear from Jane" and the inscription is dated October 4 1924. It was published Jarrolds Publishers of London and printed by Jarrold and Sons Ltd Norwich. Not a million miles away from where Anna Sewell lived. It does not have a year of print so I don't know when it was printed.
But I have never seen another Black Beauty book with the same picture on the cover.

Anna Sewell

It is said that Anna Sewell was a passionate advocate for animal welfare and wrote the book wishing to raise awareness for horses.
At the time horses were not always well treated, and many were very undernourished and made to do lots of work.

In town horses pulled passenger carriages and were yesterday years taxi cabs. They also pulled heavy loads and quite often lived in make shift stables. I am sure Anna saw all of this and it touched her heart.


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