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The Water Babies A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby by Charles Kingsley Printed in 1984. Vintage Children's Fairytale book. Gift for boy or girl.

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This is an exquisite example of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies. A facsimile of the edition published in 1885.

The blue cloth cover and gold embossing makes it a highly sought-after edition containing one hundred black and white illustrations by Edward Linley Tambourine who was Chief Principal Cartoonist at Punch in the early 1900s.

After being chased from the home of an upper-class young girl called Ellie, chimney-sweep Tom falls asleep and tumbles into a river. There he is transformed into a 'water-baby' and his adventures truly begin. Beneath the surface, he enters a magical world full of strange and wonderful creatures, where he must prove his moral worth in order to earn what he truly desires.

One of the most unusual children's books ever written, The Water-Babies, subtitled 'A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby', was originally intended as a satire in support of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and explores many of the issues at the forefront of biologists' minds at the time. First published as a complete novel in 1863, Charles Kingsley's classic tale also explores ideas about religion, the Victorian education system and the working conditions of children and the poor.

Except for a price clipped page and a little shelf wear, this book is in perfect condition with no tears, folds or inscriptions.

- Title: The Water Babies - A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby
- Author: Charles Kingsley
- Illustrator: Linley Sambourne
- Publisher: Chancellor Press
- Printed: 1984

Hardback


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This is an exquisite example of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies. A facsimile of the edition published in 1885.

The blue cloth cover and gold embossing makes it a highly sought-after edition containing one hundred black and white illustrations by Edward Linley Tambourine who was Chief Principal Cartoonist at Punch in the early 1900s.

After being chased from the home of an upper-class young girl called Ellie, chimney-sweep Tom falls asleep and tumbles into a river. There he is transformed into a 'water-baby' and his adventures truly begin. Beneath the surface, he enters a magical world full of strange and wonderful creatures, where he must prove his moral worth in order to earn what he truly desires.

One of the most unusual children's books ever written, The Water-Babies, subtitled 'A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby', was originally intended as a satire in support of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and explores many of the issues at the forefront of biologists' minds at the time. First published as a complete novel in 1863, Charles Kingsley's classic tale also explores ideas about religion, the Victorian education system and the working conditions of children and the poor.

Except for a price clipped page and a little shelf wear, this book is in perfect condition with no tears, folds or inscriptions.

- Title: The Water Babies - A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby
- Author: Charles Kingsley
- Illustrator: Linley Sambourne
- Publisher: Chancellor Press
- Printed: 1984

Hardback


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SHIPPING

This book will arrive wrapped in bubble wrap in padded envelope to minimise any risk of damage in the post.
UK shipping costs are for 1st Class Signed.
International shipping costs are for Standard International - if you would like to upgrade this shipping, please contact me before purchasing.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Please be aware that although every effort has been made to show colours as accurately as possible, monitors can vary in how they display colours.

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OTHER VINTAGE CHILDREN'S BOOKS AVAILABLE
King Arthur and the Round Table https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/536813114/king-arthur-and-the-round-table-dents?ref=shop_home_active_1

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5 out of 5 stars
Jan 18, 2018
LOVED IT! I bought this for my Mother's daycare in her home. It is precious, she loves it!
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What fun! Shipped very quickly and was just what I was looking for! I will definitely be back!
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Not worth the money
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  • Materials: paper, card, ink
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