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116947
(SMITH, Jessie Willcox.) KINGSLEY, Charles.

The Water Babies.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Boots the Chemists, [c.1929]

Stock Code: 116947

£250
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

A later reprint, in the scarce jacket. The book was first published with these illustrations in the US by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1916. "The large, lavish drawings Jessie Willcox Smith produced as colour plates for The Water-Babies in 1916 are among her most loved and admired works. She apparently thought highly of them as well because upon her death in 1935 she bequeathed all twelve to the Cabinet of American Illustration, a special collection of almost four thousand original drawings by the nation's most influential illustrators, preserved within the Prints and Photographs Division" (Library of Congress online, The Water-Babies: Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith exhibition June-September 1999).

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Description

Quarto. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover, gilt pictorial decoration to front cover. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 11 tipped-in plates by Jessie Willcox Smith with captioned tissue-guards, half-title, title page and illustrations in the text printed in green.

Condition

Contemporary Christmas gift inscription on front pastedown. Spine rolled, edges foxed, slight rubbing to extremities; an excellent, bright copy in the dust jacket with small tears to spine ends and edges, small chip to head of spine.

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