First printing of the horse book of all horse books.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"Then as if by magic, a giant black horse, his mane waving like flame, appeared beside the boy."
Farley's first and most famous book, in which young Alec Ramsay lives out the fulfillment of every child's secret dream: to be shipwrecked on a deserted island with a Horse. And not just any horse–a wild stallion who loves him best and hates everyone else in the whole world. With an unmatched pair of primal training sequences unmatched in the numerous sequels, THE BLACK STALLION elaborates its theme of the uneasy alliance between 'untamed, unbroken' nature and civilization, and the deep compromises forced on wild things by human love and ambition. One of the great children's books of the twentieth century.
New York: Random House, (1941). 8'' x 5.5''. Original grey cloth, horse head stamped in black on front board, spine stamped in black and red. In original unclipped ($2.00) black and red pictorial dust jacket. Red topstain. Illustrated in black and white by Keith Ward. x, 275,  pages. Offsetting in gutters of endpapers, slight dustiness to book. Jacket with shallow chipping around spine ends and corners (not affecting text), some light creasing with closed tears, spine sunned: red on front panel vivid.
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