This is a very collectible, hard to find, first edition of the famous book The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. The real draw here are the wonderful illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith. The publisher is Dodd, Mead & Co., of New York with a copyright date of 1916. Green board cover with a round printed illustration on the front. Gift inscription on the inside end page and first page of the book. There are a few condition issues with this well loved book: the binding is weak and has been repaired a few times. There is a small rip on the edge of the spine and plenty of shelf wear and bumps. The pages are all quite clean and are free from rips or writing. There is discoloration from old tape on the first page and on one page with a color illustration; all well documented in the photos. A total of 362 pages with 12 full color illustrations and black and green drawings scattered throughout. A lovely find, fresh to the market from a Connecticut estate.