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Sewell, Anna (1820-1878) Black Beauty, First Edition, Presentation Copy, with Two Autograph Letters Signed.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2865BLocation: BostonDate / Time: November 15, 2015 11:00AM


Sewell, Anna (1820-1878) Black Beauty, First Edition, Presentation Copy, with Two Autograph Letters Signed. London: Jarrold and Sons, [1877].
First edition, octavo, with eight pages of publishers ads at the end; bound in full publisher's brick red cloth, the front cover with rustic border, expanding letters of title, and head and shoulders of horse facing right blocked in black; the surrounding foliage, halter, reins, nostril and eye of horse blocked in gold; spine with border in black; publisher's name, title, and foliage blocked in gold; inscribed by Sewell on verso of frontispiece, "For Dearest Cousin Emma with the Author's fond love, Christmas 1877"; the binding with slight abrasion on front board, tips rubbed; housed in a custom slipcase; joint of inner front endleaf slightly separated, 6 1/2 x 4 in.
[Together with] two autograph letters signed by Sewell, both addressed to her cousin Emma Curtis, author of Annie Barclay, and Jottings of an Old Woman of Eighty, according to family notes made in pencil on Sewell's letter; the first written on 26 December 1877; the other on 2 January 1878, with its original envelope.
"I sent you a book on the 22nd which I hope arrived safely and brought my love with it. I now only write to say please do not acknowledge it until someone--dare I say you? has had time to read it because I want to know your opinion of it."
"It is impossible for me to tell you all the pleasure that your letter gave me, but as you were an author before any of us, you may perhaps imagine it. I am delighted that you like my book and when I can you shall have that long letter that you bespeak, but just now Beauty & I have so many journeys to go together that I am hard put to it."
Estimate $8,000-12,000

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