1916 The Water-Babies
What Our Customers Say...
Colour Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first thus of Jessie Willcox Smith's illustrations.
'The Water-Babies' is a children's fairy tale that was extremely popular when it was published. The novel follows Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river and is transformed into a water-baby.
Illustrated with a colour frontispiece, eleven colour plates, and colour vignettes throughout.
Written by Charles Kingsley. Kingsley was a priest for the Church of England, and was a friend and correspondent of Charles Darwin, writing this novel partly in satire of 'In Origin of Species'.
Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, active during the Golden Age of American illustrations, contributing to many prominent publications.
Bookplate to the reverse of the frontispiece, 'Fiorenza Johnson'.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart, with a few light marks to the boards and spine. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. A little rubbing to the spine. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with a few odd handling marks, very clean for a children's work. Small closed tear to the tail of the frontispiece. Frontispiece is a little wrinkled. Bookplate to the reverse of the frontispiece. Plate facing page 158 is detached but present.
Delivery & payment
We send all of our books via courier which is a fully tracked and insured service. In our experience we find this to be the most reliable and quickest form of delivery. Our primary courier is DHL, but we are able to accommodate special requests if required, including postal delivery for items under 2kg. See More Details