1919 The Water Babies
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
In the original publisher's cloth binding.
Illustrations include a tipped in frontispiece and eleven tipped-in plates by Jessie Willcox Smith, as well as numerous in-text drawings.
This is a wonderful copy of 'The Water-Babies', also titled 'A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby'. This children's book by Charles Kingsley was originally written from 1862 to 1863 in Macmillan's Magazine, as a satire in support of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'. Though it was a very popular work in the United Kingdom, it fell out of favour in America due to 'its claimed prejudiced against Irish, Jews, Catholics, and Americans'.
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was a priest for the Church of England, a professor, as well as a novelist. He was one of the most prominent figures within the Christian socialism movement, and was also a friend to Charles Darwin.
Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935) was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustrations, and contributed to a wide range of books and magazines during this period. She illustrated for the 'Mother Goose' series, as well as Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women'.
Undated, so dated off of Jisc using similar copies held at the University of Cambridge Library.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, very smart. Light wear to the extremities and the spine, with light bumping to head and tail. Very light wear along joints, with a few marks to boards. Front hinge is starting. Prior owner's ink inscription to front endpaper. Offsetting to endpapers.Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very clean, and lightly age-toned. Tipped-in plates are very bright and clean.
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