Charles Kingsley
The Water-babies
(Macmillan, 1863)
Cup.400.a.33   20x30 cm

  Children’s books

Charles Kingsley (1819-75) was an Anglican clergyman, Fellow of the Geological Society, and Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, where he was a favourite tutor of the Prince of Wales. The Water-babies brings together his many theological, scientific and social concerns. Despite its heavily moral and allegorical overtones, the book remains a landmark in the history of Victorian children's literature. The frontispiece of Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby is by J. Noel Paton, best known for his fairy pictures; the unsigned chapter initials within the text are by Robert Dudley.