Lot 50 of 377:
Kingsley's Water-Babies, 1st state with "L'Envoi" leaf  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$450
Estimate:
$400 - $600

Title:
The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby
Author:
Kingsley, Charles
Place:
London & Cambridge
Publisher:
Macmillan and Co.
Date:
1863
Description:

[8], 350 + [1] ad pp. Illustrated by J. Noel Paton with 2 engraved plates (including the frontispiece) & woodcut pictorial initials. (8vo), 23x15 cm (9x6"), original green cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. First Edition, first issue.

With a signed, short manuscript note by Kingsley laid in. This is the rare first issue of Kingsley's classic children's tale, with the leaf bearing the poem 'L'Envoi'. Kingsley had second thoughts about his references to "unbelieving Sadducees, and less believing Pharisees" while the book was being printed, but about 200 copies came off the press before the leaf was suppressed.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some wear, soiling and areas of bubbling to cloth, corner tips worn, ΒΌ" tear at head of spine; hinges starting, small piece of tape near gutter of front free endpaper, light toning to blanks and page margins; very good.
 
Item number:
297893
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