London: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, [n.d. circa 1920s]. Hardcover 4mo (24 x 16.5cm), pp. [2, blank], ix, [1, blank], 305, [3, blank], richly illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrated endpapers, black line drawings throughout + 12 tipped in colour illustrations; orange cloth covered boards with embossed black lettering on the spine and front cover, black and blue embossed illustration on the front cover, illustrated endpapers.
Head and tail gently worn; spine sunned with a 25 x 8mm vertical patch of rubbing halfway down; tender at gutters; edges dust toned and a touch scuffed; corners gently bruised and abraded; covers lightly rubbed, slightly heavier patch (40 x 75mm) in top left corner of rear board; edges of text block yellowing slightly with age, top edge dust toned with two small marks, small fleck on fore edge, bottom edge has moderate spotting and a scuff on the corner; light foxing and previous owner’s inscription on illustrated endpapers; toning and foxing to following blank endpapers however page has not toned around imprint of previous owner’s inscription from previous page, 33mm vertical tear and 25mm crease at bottom gutter; moderate spotting at beginning and end of book, large (55 x 115mm) stain on the bottom of pages 4-11, easing to occasional spotting throughout; closed 2mm and 5mm horizontal tears halfway down page iv; gentle creasing to the corners of the tipped in plates on the frontispiece and on pages 22, 76, 108, 124, 136 and 156; occasional creasing to bottom corners of pages throughout. Item #941
This copy of The Water Babies features illustrations by American illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith who produced work during the Golden Age of American illustration.