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The Water-Babies

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Product description

The Water-Babies, subtitled 'A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby' was written by the Reverend Charles Kingsley in 1862-63. It is a children's novel about Tom, a young chimney sweep who falls into a river and appears to drown after being chased out of the house of an upper-class girl. He is changed into a "water-baby" and begins his moral education. This book is the 1915 first edition published by London Constable & Co. Ltd., and is fully illustrated by W. Heath Robinson. There are 8 colour plates including the frontispiece and numerous b/w drawings. The book has green cloth boards with gilt titles and a gilt drawing on the front. The spine colour has darkened. Corners and spine ends are bumped and worn; small surface split, approx. 7 cm, to the top right of the spine. Edges have slight surface wear and the covers have light general marks including, on the front, some darker water-splash marks. The top right corner of the front cover has been bent back slightly at some time causing a crease across the front and a surface paper crack in the inside end paper. The upper text block edge is coloured green and other edges are browned with light foxing; the lower edge is untrimmed. Inside, the pages have occasional foxing spots and some light toning to edges; end papers have narrow cracks showing a little webbing. The frontispiece tissue guard is intact, and browned with some creasing. All the colour-plate pages have retained their original white colour. Although the book appears a little tired it retains much of its original charm.

Item details

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Charles Kingsley
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo - 8 - 10
Edition:
1915
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
320
Publisher:
London Constable & Company Limited
Title:
The Water-Babies

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The Water-Babies, subtitled 'A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby' was written by the Reverend Charles Kingsley in 1862-63. It is a children's novel about Tom, a young chimney sweep who falls into a river and appears to drown after being chased out of the house of an upper-class girl. He is changed into a "water-baby" and begins his moral education. This book is the 1915 first edition published by London Constable & Co. Ltd., and is fully illustrated by W. Heath Robinson. There are 8 colour plates including the frontispiece and numerous b/w drawings. The book has green cloth boards with gilt titles and a gilt drawing on the front. The spine colour has darkened. Corners and spine ends are bumped and worn; small surface split, approx. 7 cm, to the top right of the spine. Edges have slight surface wear and the covers have light general marks including, on the front, some darker water-splash marks. The top right corner of the front cover has been bent back slightly at some time causing a crease across the front and a surface paper crack in the inside end paper. The upper text block edge is coloured green and other edges are browned with light foxing; the lower edge is untrimmed. Inside, the pages have occasional foxing spots and some light toning to edges; end papers have narrow cracks showing a little webbing. The frontispiece tissue guard is intact, and browned with some creasing. All the colour-plate pages have retained their original white colour. Although the book appears a little tired it retains much of its original charm.

Added value:
First Edition
Author(s):
Charles Kingsley
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo - 8 - 10
Edition:
1915
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
320
Publisher:
London Constable & Company Limited
Title:
The Water-Babies

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