Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Anna Sewell's Black Beauty was a bestseller
It is the birthday of English writer Anna Sewell (1820), who wrote Black Beauty (1877), one of the most beloved children's stories of all time. It was an immediate bestseller but the only book she ever wrote. Sewell was disabled most of her life. At age 14, as she walked home in the rain she slipped and fell, injuring both ankles. The injuries were not properly treated and she was unable to stand or walk without help the rest of her life. She became dependent on horse-drawn carriages to get around and came to admire the horses and the work they did. She wrote Black Beauty in the voice of the magnificent horse, revealing the kindness and cruelty horses received in Victorian England. Sewell died at age 58, five months after the book was published.
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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