The Water Babies. Charles KINGSLEY.

The Water Babies

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. Jessie Willcox SMITH. Reprint. Leather bound. Reprint. 8vo; x, 240pp; gilt-stamped green grained leather, undersea pictorial to front board; 3 raised band spine; all edges gilt; silk ribbon bookmark; green moiré linings; 12 color tipped in plates with tissue guards; line illustrations printed in green throughout text; fine. Fine. Item #890

First published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1919, this reprint done in a beautiful gilt-stamped leather binding. Originally published in 1863 by Macmillan in London, Kingsley’s writings held a deeper meaning than the impish underwater babies first present. Written in part as a satirical support of Charles Darwin’s work, the book also reflects ethnic prejudices of mid-19th century England.

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