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SOLD - Vintage book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, classic story of a horse and young woman, rare David McKay ed., illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch

SOLD - Vintage book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, classic story of a horse and young woman, rare David McKay ed., illustrator Lucy Kemp-Welch

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There is no other book like this one.

There are many different editions out there of the classic story of a young woman and her horse, known as "a biography of a horse" in some editions, but this one is absolutely stunning, and I knew I had to pick it up the moment I saw it. The striking illustration on the cover (let alone the book's design and choice of font, border and colors) is reason enough to buy this book, if you already know the story and love it and just want a gorgeous copy for yourself. I know some people collect this book and other ones in the Sewell series, so I know it could go to a collector and I hope, whoever buys it, they know what they are buying--a simply beautiful book, so apropos of the title: Black Beauty.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was first printed in 1877, and this copy is undated (frustratingly) but my research indicates it was printed in the 1910s to the 1920s. Trust me, I've tried very, very hard to date this book, and gone about it many ways, and this is what I've come up with, the closest I can get to an exact print date. Regardless of when it came out, however, the perfect group of people were brought together to make this book into a reality, not least of which is David McKay.

David McKay was known in his time for printing children's books of the highest caliber, stories he knew were classics and just had to be passed down through the generations, so of course he knew to include Black Beauty, the epic tale of what happens when a girl and a horse form a bond and embark on various adventures. The series was known as the "Newbery Classics" (yes, Newbery with one R, not sure why). The illustrator they commissioned for this book, however, is what makes this a treasure in my opinion. Her name was Lucy Kemp-Welch, and a quick look into her past and body of work will send you reeling, just as these illustrations, full-color on glossed paper scattered throughout the book, will do.

The reason she was chosen is her work focused mostly on horses. The way she knew the horse's body and countenance, the details of the creature and its many different poses and emotions, is pretty incredible, and the paintings of horses she did outside of this book are worth checking out, I can tell you.

Anna Sewell's masterpiece, a story so well known even today that has been adapted and reproduced so many times since its original debut, into stage and screen and print upon print with all different designs--this story goes beyond the trope of "friendship between man and beast" or "talking animal story" and offers a compelling tale of a girl not used to the lifestyle she is sent away to adopt, and the horse that accompanies her through into this self-same new world and gets her through it, helping her and being there for her in each and every turn of events--and likewise, she for the horse. The characters that populate the story are written just as the personalities of the horses are written, and anyone who loves horses will treasure this book, and likely has read it and collected it since that first copy.

So, here's another copy to add to the list, if you already have one, and if you don't, this is the perfect copy to own as it is so beautiful visually and literarily. You just can't get over that cover, or quotes like these:

"It is good people who make good places."

"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."

"Men were both brutes and blockheads."

"I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."

I'll stop there, but you have to know that this book is filled with more quotes that talk about the good and evil of mankind, and there is such wisdom in here along with happiness and play, tragedy and sorrow. It all comes together into a beautiful work of words that are worthy of the epic name of the protagonist, the title-horse, Black Beauty.

And here is the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Black Beauty
-Author: Anna Sewell
-Illustrator: Lucy Kemp-Welch
-Format: Special Illustrated Edition (one of David McKay's famous Newbery Classics), hardcover with green boards, endpapers bright orange with illustration of a girl and boy reading at a large home library window, plastic-protected dust jacket in bright yellow, red, and shining silver, Lucy Kemp-Welch signature Black Beauty painting on front, duplicated as frontispiece, glossed paper for the pictures, list of other Newbery Classics on back cover.
-Condition: Near mint!
-Publisher: David McKay Company
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Unstated. In-depth research indicates 1910s-1920s
-Provenance: This one caught me quite by surprise as I was on a mission for another book, but happened to see it displayed (because it is so pretty how could you not display it?) above the other shelves in a corner I was not looking at, and it pulled me across the room. There were MANY other editions of this book under the "S" section, and none of them compared with this one. Once I looked it up online I saw copy after copy through every decade since 1877 of this book, and none of them were this one. I knew it was rare, and I knew I had to share it with someone who might love the book as much as the whole world has loved it and continues to. I am not even a horse person, but having grown up on the story (who didn't want a horse as a child, at some point, really?) I was distracted from my mission to find the other book and wholly involved with this one instead. I eventually found the other book (I'm good at these things, lol!) but this one came home with me too. I found it months ago when it was still snowy, so around January 2017, in a small children's bookstore that is filled with more modern books but has a small section for vintage ones, and for some reason gets steady donations of absolute gems. I've lucked out a lot at this store in Connecticut, tucked away in a tiny town so that it's my own secret place. I love it, and I know this book was loved before I had it, and will be loved afterwards by maybe you?
-Pricing: I priced this book based on its rarity, first and foremost, as well as the incredible popularity of its story and the artist who illustrated it, her work on horses still revered today in artist circles (Lucy Kemp-Welch as I mentioned).
There is no other book like this one.

There are many different editions out there of the classic story of a young woman and her horse, known as "a biography of a horse" in some editions, but this one is absolutely stunning, and I knew I had to pick it up the moment I saw it. The striking illustration on the cover (let alone the book's design and choice of font, border and colors) is reason enough to buy this book, if you already know the story and love it and just want a gorgeous copy for yourself. I know some people collect this book and other ones in the Sewell series, so I know it could go to a collector and I hope, whoever buys it, they know what they are buying--a simply beautiful book, so apropos of the title: Black Beauty.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was first printed in 1877, and this copy is undated (frustratingly) but my research indicates it was printed in the 1910s to the 1920s. Trust me, I've tried very, very hard to date this book, and gone about it many ways, and this is what I've come up with, the closest I can get to an exact print date. Regardless of when it came out, however, the perfect group of people were brought together to make this book into a reality, not least of which is David McKay.

David McKay was known in his time for printing children's books of the highest caliber, stories he knew were classics and just had to be passed down through the generations, so of course he knew to include Black Beauty, the epic tale of what happens when a girl and a horse form a bond and embark on various adventures. The series was known as the "Newbery Classics" (yes, Newbery with one R, not sure why). The illustrator they commissioned for this book, however, is what makes this a treasure in my opinion. Her name was Lucy Kemp-Welch, and a quick look into her past and body of work will send you reeling, just as these illustrations, full-color on glossed paper scattered throughout the book, will do.

The reason she was chosen is her work focused mostly on horses. The way she knew the horse's body and countenance, the details of the creature and its many different poses and emotions, is pretty incredible, and the paintings of horses she did outside of this book are worth checking out, I can tell you.

Anna Sewell's masterpiece, a story so well known even today that has been adapted and reproduced so many times since its original debut, into stage and screen and print upon print with all different designs--this story goes beyond the trope of "friendship between man and beast" or "talking animal story" and offers a compelling tale of a girl not used to the lifestyle she is sent away to adopt, and the horse that accompanies her through into this self-same new world and gets her through it, helping her and being there for her in each and every turn of events--and likewise, she for the horse. The characters that populate the story are written just as the personalities of the horses are written, and anyone who loves horses will treasure this book, and likely has read it and collected it since that first copy.

So, here's another copy to add to the list, if you already have one, and if you don't, this is the perfect copy to own as it is so beautiful visually and literarily. You just can't get over that cover, or quotes like these:

"It is good people who make good places."

"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."

"Men were both brutes and blockheads."

"I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."

I'll stop there, but you have to know that this book is filled with more quotes that talk about the good and evil of mankind, and there is such wisdom in here along with happiness and play, tragedy and sorrow. It all comes together into a beautiful work of words that are worthy of the epic name of the protagonist, the title-horse, Black Beauty.

And here is the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Black Beauty
-Author: Anna Sewell
-Illustrator: Lucy Kemp-Welch
-Format: Special Illustrated Edition (one of David McKay's famous Newbery Classics), hardcover with green boards, endpapers bright orange with illustration of a girl and boy reading at a large home library window, plastic-protected dust jacket in bright yellow, red, and shining silver, Lucy Kemp-Welch signature Black Beauty painting on front, duplicated as frontispiece, glossed paper for the pictures, list of other Newbery Classics on back cover.
-Condition: Near mint!
-Publisher: David McKay Company
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Unstated. In-depth research indicates 1910s-1920s
-Provenance: This one caught me quite by surprise as I was on a mission for another book, but happened to see it displayed (because it is so pretty how could you not display it?) above the other shelves in a corner I was not looking at, and it pulled me across the room. There were MANY other editions of this book under the "S" section, and none of them compared with this one. Once I looked it up online I saw copy after copy through every decade since 1877 of this book, and none of them were this one. I knew it was rare, and I knew I had to share it with someone who might love the book as much as the whole world has loved it and continues to. I am not even a horse person, but having grown up on the story (who didn't want a horse as a child, at some point, really?) I was distracted from my mission to find the other book and wholly involved with this one instead. I eventually found the other book (I'm good at these things, lol!) but this one came home with me too. I found it months ago when it was still snowy, so around January 2017, in a small children's bookstore that is filled with more modern books but has a small section for vintage ones, and for some reason gets steady donations of absolute gems. I've lucked out a lot at this store in Connecticut, tucked away in a tiny town so that it's my own secret place. I love it, and I know this book was loved before I had it, and will be loved afterwards by maybe you?
-Pricing: I priced this book based on its rarity, first and foremost, as well as the incredible popularity of its story and the artist who illustrated it, her work on horses still revered today in artist circles (Lucy Kemp-Welch as I mentioned).

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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