Almost antique (1929) hardcover book The Water Babies written by Charles Kingsley. Book published and printed in London, England by Hodder & Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co.
This book has 240 pages with illustrations by Jessie Willcox-Smith and 11 tipped-in color plates. Book has NO dust jacket. Rare, limited-edition printing with an estimated 250 copies produced specifically for England's Boot's Chemists.
About the author Charles Kingsley: a British clergyman and author, Charles Kingsley was a prolific author, primarily of children's books. This didactic masterpiece of children’s fantasy - The Water-Babies - was first published in 1863 and combines Kingsley’s concern for sanitary reform with his interest in natural history and the theory of evolution. Also a very competent poet, Kingsley wrote many memorable ballads (“Airly Beacon,” “The Sands of Dee,” “Young and Old”) and was Chaplain to Queen Victoria in 1859. Kingsley went on to become a professor of modern history at Cambridge (1860–69) and later Canon of Westminster Abbey (1873).
Condition: Book is in GOOD! overall condition for a children's book of the period with tipped-in color plates. Of the tipped-in plates, 11 of the original 12 are here but do show some lifting, creases and small tears. The embossed covers are in VERY GOOD! order with some blemishes, rub and wear. There is fraying to the top of the spine. All pages of the sewn-in bind are in tact with none having separated. Internal pages show MINIMAL! foxing, again considering the age of the book. All text is clear and legible and all imagery is bright and vivid.
A wonderful children's title and author Kingsley's masterwork.
Approximate measurements: 10-1/2" x 6" | hardcover | complete at 240 pages++ | NO dust jacket.
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