How can I find out if I have one of the original copies of Black Beauty?
I recently came across the book that was given to my great grandfather on Christmas day in 1905. There is no publish date or illustrations in this particular hardback book. Grosset & Dunlap were the publishers. It is in mint condition and I am seeking information to see if I have a rare copy. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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It seems that you do not have a first edition, as the information I've found indicates that the first publication of Anna Sewell's novel was by London's Jarrold and Sons. (Grosset and Dunlap is an American publishing house.)
There is not an exact known publication date, though it is thought to have been originally published between 1877 and 1894.
While it is not a first edition, yours may be an early edition to Grosset and Dunlap's Young Readers, started in 1898 (G&D most famously published the "Nancy Drew" and Hardy Boys" novels, among others).
Condition is everything in the antiques book world. It is good that you find it in mint condition. "Mint" will mean that the cover is intact, (which will include no bent corners on the spine) there is no water damage, and the spine is not cracked. If this is the case, you may be able to fetch some money for your volume.
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