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The Water-Babies a Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

by Kingsley, Charles

Condition: Very Good /No Jacket

London: Macmillan & Co.. Blue Cloth. 371pp 1885. The first Sambourne illustrated edition. 8vo. large sized. One hundred illustrations by Linley Sambourne. Original publisher's blue cloth - profusely gilt embossed to the spine and to the front board with decorative gilt-embossed vignettes. All edges gilt. Original publisher's brown endpapers bound by Burn and Co. (as it should be) with their small label to the lower corner of the rear paste-down. Some splitting to the inner hinges - both boards remain firmly bound and are not shaken. Some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine with an associated slight chip to the outer cloth at the tail of the spine and a similar one to the head of the spine. Some light fading to the spine. Light rubbing to the cloth board corners. Some spotting to the endpapers with scattered throughout - mostly light spotting and with the very odd soil mark too. A very good copy of this charming children's book - the first Sambourne edition of this classic title. . Very Good. 1885. First Edition Thus.


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