Boston: D. Lothrop Company, 1893. Cloth. [ANIMALS]. 12mo; [4pp] of text about The American Humane Education Society precede the frontispiece, iv [i], 6-245pp +  information from the American Humane Society; gilt-stamped spine and front board, brown cloth over board, small vignette of a horse’s head to front; gift inscription in pencil dated 1893 to recto fp; 12 illustrated plates including frontispiece; a few small b&w illustrations in text; head and tail piece to chapters; laid in small card with Christmas greetings; a few finger smudges; near fine.
Along with: Our Gold Mine at Hollyhurst., Gold Mine Series No. 1, Sequel to “Black Beauty.” “Duke.” A Prize Story of Massachusetts., Boston: American Humane Education Society., Offices, 19 Milk Street, 1893.
12mo; 154pp + pp on AHES; blue wrapper, vignette of horse head to front, publisher’s ad to rear; vignette of dog to title page; front wrapper mostly separated from spine, chipping to wrapper and damp staining at fore-edge through most pages; 3 staple binding holding tight, no odors; fair. Scarce. Near fine. Item #1235
Early American printing of the book. First published in England in 1877, the author writes the story of a horse and his companions in autobiographical form. The first two pages preceding the frontispiece are an introduction to The American Humane Education Society, with their logo, officers, purpose, and donation to the Society through a Will. Two pages follow giving instruction on Killing Animals Humanely, featuring horse and dog euthanasia. The AHES was formed by George T. Angell, in 1889, after he founded the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The pages following the story advertise the American Band of Mercy, with their pledge, “I will try to be kind to all harmless living Creatures, and try to protect them from cruel usage.”; Mass. Society and Humane publications; a testimonial regarding the book; explanation of Humane Education; a short article by Angell titled, “What is Overloading a Horse, and How Proved?”; extracts from Angell’s addresses to the Annual Meeting of the American Social Science Association in 1874, the International Congress of Educators in 1885; and the Constitution of the AHES.