1911 Rare First Illustrated Edition by R.L. Dickey - BLACK BEAUTY, Autobiography of a Horse by A. Sewell.
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Author: Anna Sewell. (Robert Livingston Dickey, illustrator).
Title: Black Beauty, the Autobiography of a Horse. With illustrations in color by Robert L. Dickey.
Publisher: New York, Barse & Hopkins Publishers, no date (1911). First Illustrated Edition by Robert L. Dickey.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9 " X 6 ".
Pages: 278 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good illustrated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the beautiful 6 full-page color illustrations by Robert Livingston DICKEY.
The book: Rare First Illustrated Edition by R.L. Dickey of Black Beauty -- an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time.
The author: Anna Sewell (30 March 1820 – 25 April 1878) was an English novelist. She is well known as the author of the 1877 novel Black Beauty, which is now considered one of the top ten best-selling novels for children ever written, although it was intended at the time for an adult audience.
The illustrator: Robert Livingston DICKEY (1861-1944) contributed to the sport immensely as an artist, cartoonist and writer. Born in Marshall, Michigan in 1861, he began to paint animals and especially horses when he was a young man. In 1894 he went to work for The Horse Review, the top journal of the sport. Dickey first achieved fame as a result of his 1903 Christmas issue cover. His witty cartoons on the passing harness racing scene regaled readers for a quarter of a century. He also served the magazine as a writer. Robert Dickey died in October 1944 in Cleveland.
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