1863 First Edition Bayntun-Riviere Binding - Water-Babies Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby Illustrated by J. Noel Paton.
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Author: J. Noel Paton (Illustrator). KINGSLEY, Charles.
Title: The Water-Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. With Two Illustrations by J. Noel Paton.
Publisher: London & Cambridge, Macmillan and Co., 1863. First Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8 " X 6 ".
Pages: 350 pages.
Binding: Attractive and fine binding, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full green morocco leather, the covers with a gilt fillet border enclosing a beautiful gilt block of fish in a lily pond, spine lettered and dated in gilt with one line panels, floral center tools, hand-marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, under a protective removable mylar cover. An exquisite binding!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean - as shown, without the suppressed l'Envoi leaf as it is invariably the case as the author had it removed from all but the first 200 or so copies).
Illustrations: Complete with the 2 beautiful full-page illustrations by J. Noel Paton.
Estimate: (USD 1700- USD 2200)
The book: Rare, attractive and beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere First edition of The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby -- a children's novel by Charles Kingsley. Written in 1862–63 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 The Origin of Species. The book was extremely popular in England and was a mainstay of British children's literature for many decades, but eventually fell out of favor in part due to its prejudices (common at the time) against Irish, Jews, Catholics, and Americans.
The illustrator: Sir Joseph Noel Paton FRSA, LL. D. (13 December 1821 – 26 December 1901) was a Scottish artist, illustrator and sculptor. He was also a poet and had an interest in, and knowledge of, Scottish folklore and Celtic legends.
The author: Charles Kingsley (12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875) was a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian, novelist and poet. He is particularly associated with Christian socialism, the working men's college, and forming labor cooperatives that failed but led to the working reforms of the progressive era. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin. He was also the uncle of the traveler and scientist Mary Kingsley.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year. The firm has continued throughout the years under different managers through the family line and was granted the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery firm has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Their books are still bound by hand, and the firm is world-famous for its fine bindings, restoration, and conservation work.
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