Black Beauty Books

 Dottie, our own 'Black Beauty'

Did you know that in 1890 the MSPCA-Angell published the first American edition of Anna Sewell's classic, Black Beauty? Now, you can purchase a copy of Black Beauty and help horses in need. All proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit the homeless horses and farm animals of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Equine Center.  As an added bonus, each copy is autographed with the hoofprint of our own 'Black Beauty', Dottie.  Dottie is an 18 year old black Thoroughbred, currently available for adoption. 


First published in 1877, Black Beauty was written in the last years of Anna Sewell's life, as a social and humane commentary on the life and treatment of horses in Victorian England.  The horse was the main means of transportation, and was for most people simply a utility.  Anna Sewell brought compassion to the horse world, which was written as a protest to the cruel treatment of the working horse.  This 469 page tome includes annotations from Ellen B. Wells and Anne Grimshaw, helping to shed light on some obscure historical references and equestrian terminology. But despite its historical setting, Black Beauty's story remains as relevant to today's horses as it was during Anna's Sewell's time.

Purchase your copy of Black Beauty today for just $20, available at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.