(GOBLE,WARWICK)illus. WATER BABIES by Charles Kingsley. London: Macmillan 1909. Thick 4to (9 1/4 x 11 1/2"), bound in full vellum with gilt pictorial cover top edge gilt, silk ties, slight spotting on cover edge and endpaper and cover very slightly bowed, VG+ clean and fresh copy. This is the magnificent DELUXE EDITION, LIMITED TO ONLY 260 COPIES printed on hand-made paper and illustrated by Goble with 32 mounted color plates with lettered tissue guards. This is one of the most if not the most beautiful edition of this classic story. In his book "Early Children's Books" (p.80), Eric Quayle comments on all the various editions of Water Babies and adds: "None of these in either artistic or financial terms approaches the sumptuous edition of 1909" (this edition). Very scarce.