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The Water-Babies: Fairy Tales for a Land-Baby

Kingsley, Charles

Published by Macmillan and Company, London and Cambridge, 1863
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Edition, Second Issue, without the "L'envoi" leaf. The author had second thoughts about the poem on that page, while the book was being printed, and had the leaf removed, but not before 200 copies were printed (Gottlieb, Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, 113). Bound in full polished blue calf, paneled in guilt and blind, spine gilt in 6 compartments, gilt turn-ins, with red leather spine label with gilt title. All edges of the text block are gilt. Covers are rubbed especially at top front corner. Interior pages are clean and unmarked with a light stain to bottom margin of the first 2 leaves. With two full page B&W illustrations, with tissue guards and numerous in-text illustrations. Marbled end papers, with prior owner's book plate on front paste down. Binding is square and solid but rear inner joint is split. This novel is considered by literary critics and readers to be Kingsley's most beloved and famous work. Bookseller Inventory # 004399

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Title: The Water-Babies: Fairy Tales for a ...

Publisher: Macmillan and Company, London and Cambridge

Publication Date: 1863

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Paton, J. Noel

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: As Issued without a Dust Jacke

Edition: 1st Edition

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