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The Water Babies

The Water Babies


The Water Babies; Kingsley, Charles.
Published by Macmillan and Co Limited, 1909, with thirty-two tipped in mounted colour plates by Warwick Goble, mounted on brown card with tissue guards. All edges gilt. Goble's most desired work. Bound in full blue Morocco with full gilt spine with double raised bands and gold tooled light blue onlays’ between the bands. Gilt inner dentals, gold pictorial stamp of the boy on a fish with light blue onlays and illustrated coloring to the fish.

Warwick Goble (22 November 1862 – 22 January 1943) was an illustrator of children's books. He specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Goble was born in Dalston, North London, was the son of a commercial traveler, and was educated and trained at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art.
He worked for a printer specializing in chromolithography and contributed to The Pall Mall Gazette and The Westminster Gazette. In 1909, he became resident gift book illustrator for MacMillan and produced illustrations for The Water Babies, Green Willow, and Other Japanese Fairy Tales, The Complete Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Stories from the Pentamerone, Folk Tales of Bengal, The Fairy Book, and The Book of Fairy Poetry. During World War I, he was employed in the drawing office of Woolrich Arsenal, and volunteered for service with the Red Cross in France. He worked occasionally for New York MacMillan, and produced editions of Treasure Island and Kidnapped. Goble gradually gave up illustration to pursue sculling, cycling, and travelling. He died in his Surrey home in 1943.
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