The Water-Babies

Bound in full blue leather, a very attractive copy


Charles Kingsley, illustrated by Linley Sambourne


Macmillan, London, 1896
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Printing Details

Reprint, hardback rebound in fine full leather with school crest to upper board, five raised bands, contrasting title label and gilt decoration to spine, all page edges marbled. 18.5 × 12cm, 330pp.

Illustrated with drawings by Linley Sambourne. Tom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot. While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house who mistakes him for a thief. He runs away, and, hot and bothered, he slips into a cooling stream, falls asleep, and becomes a Water Baby. In his new life, he meets all sorts of aquatic creatures, including an engaging old lobster, other water babies, and at last reaches St Branden's Isle where he encounters the fierce Mrs Bedonebyeasyoudid and the motherly Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby. After a long and arduous quest to the Other-end-of-Nowhere young Tom achieves his heart's desire.


A lovely copy. The leather is in very good order with a few patches of fading to the rear board, and the gilt decoration to the spine and upper board is crisp. School prize label to front pastedown. The inner binding is secure, and the pages clean bar a little foxing. Overall, a highly attractive copy.



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