1909 Rare Book - Water-Babies Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby Illustrated by Warwick Goble. 1stED.
Author: Warwick GOBLE (Illustrator). KINGSLEY, Charles.
Title: The Water-Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. With Illustrations in Colour by Warwick Goble.
Publisher: London, Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1909. First Edition illustrated by Warwick GOBLE (stated).
Language: Text in English.
Size : 10 " X 8 ".
Pages: 273 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine binding, finely bound in green morocco leather, titles in gilt on spine with original gilt decorated cloth covers. gilt edges. Under a protective removable mylar cover (hinges fine).
Content: Very good, near fine, content (bright, tight and clean - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the color frontispiece and the wonderful 31 color plates, tipped-in as issued, with captioned tissue guards by Warwick GOBLE.
Estimate: (USD 900 - USD 1250)
The book: Scarce and attractive, near fine, First edition of those beautiful illustrations by Warwick GOBLE for 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 favour in part due to its prejudices (common at the time) against Irish, Jews, Catholics and Americans.
The illustrator: Warwick Goble (22 November 1862 – 22 January 1943) was an illustrator of children's books. He specialized in Japanese and Indian themes.
Goble was born in Dalston, north London, the son of a commercial traveler, and educated and trained at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art. He worked for a printer specializing in chromolithography and contributed to The Pall Mall Gazette and The Westminster Gazette.
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 labour 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.
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