Friday, 3 June 2011

Cecil Aldin illustrations for Black Beauty the autobiography of a horse

One of my favourite books, and possibly yours too is the wonderful Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. First published in 1877 it went on to become one of the best-selling books of all time.

The story is narrated by Black Beauty and begins during his carefree days living on a farm. Each chapter recounts different incidents in his life and the lives of other horses he meets along the way some heart warming some heart-breaking. 

A beautiful and moving story with a happy ending.

The Cecil Aldin illustrations used in this post are from Black Beauty the autobiography of a horse published  by Jarrolds of London in 1920.

The copy of Black Beauty featured in this post is now sold, thank you for your interest.


  1. I absolutely adore children's books! I quite often hang out in the children's section of my local library and pick up kid's (and young adult) novels. There is something so innocent and pure about them.

  2. barbaraannefisher3 June 2011 at 15:58

    I absolutely agree with you. I’m lucky as I am surrounded by them all day – but still pop into libraries/book shops to find more.

  3. I love the illustrations here. I was a big fan of Anna Sewell (in the 1970s, not the 1870s, I hasten to add!)

  4. barbaraannefisher5 June 2011 at 10:06

    I was (and still am) a fan but for me it was the 1950s not the 1850s! Love your blog by the way and an now following.

  5. I love the lonely military horse. Looking for its rider?


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