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1919 The Water Babies (12 Colour Plates) Jessie Willcox Smith : Charles Kingsley

1919 The Water Babies (12 Colour Plates) Jessie Willcox Smith : Charles Kingsley

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By Charles Kingsley

Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Published by Hodder and Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co, undated, c1919. Hardback, 4to, green cloth with gilt stamping to upper board and spine, 240 pages, with 12 lovely tipped-in colour plates each protected with a captioned tissue guard. All plates by Jessie Willcox Smith.

A very good clean copy. The cloth binding is in very good condition. The endpapers are good with some light age-toning. All contents present incuding all 12 tipped-in plates. Pages clean throughout with perhaps the odd thumb mark to a few margins. All colour plates very good and all tissue guards present. Overall a very good copy.

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by Charles Kingsley.[2] Written in 1862–1863 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. It was written as part satire in support of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species. The book was extremely popular in the United Kingdom and was a mainstay of British children's literature for many decades, but eventually fell out of favour in America in part due to its claimed prejudices against Irish, Jews, Catholics, and Americans.
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