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The Water Babies

By Charles Kingsley

[1919]

Boots the Chemists by Hodder and Stoughton : Nottingham

10" by 8"

ix, 240pp.

 

 

 

DETAILS

A beautifully illustrated edition of this much loved children's story.

Dated from copac. Collated complete with twelve full page colour illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith and many other vignette illustrations in green ink. Published by Hodder and Stoughton for British pharmacy Boots, and sold exclusively in their stores. The Water-Babies is a classic children's novel, first published as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine. The work was written as part of a satire for Charles Darwin's 'An Origin of Species'. The work is damning of the way England treats its poor, and allegorically discusses the moral issues with topics such as child labour and poverty in the country. Jesse Willcox Smith was an American female illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustrations and contributed towards many magazines and works during her career including Little Women, Good Housekeeping and Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses'.

CONDITION

In a green cloth binding with gilt detail. Externally very smart with slight bumping to the extremities and the head and tail of the spine. Book is slightly cocked. A few handling marks to the boards.Personal bookplate and ink inscription of one 'Jean Axten' to endpapers. Internally generally firmly bound. Pages bright and clean with scattered spotting heavier to the first and last few pages. Closed tear, approximately 3 inches in length to page nine,

Overall Condition: Very Good

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