Black Beauty. The Autobiography of a Horse. Illustrated with eighteen plates in colour specially drawn for this edition by Cecil Aldin. Published by Boots, circa 1930. Pp, 291. 4to. A very good copy in blue cloth with gilt design on front cover. Gift inscription to front paste-down. First published in 1877 the novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication. It is one of the best-selling book of all time, with over 50 million copies sold.