(STRUWWELPETER). HOFFMANN, Heinrich. John Osmond DAKEYNE, copyist. ~ The English Struwwelpeter for little Children … [England], 1850.
Illustrated manuscript on paper (260 × 185 mm), ff. , 24, each used on one side only, pen and watercolour. Occasionla light thumbing and one small inkblot (not touching images), one childish pencil drawing to rear endpaper. Contemporary red cloth, title in gilt to upper cover, stationer’s ticket (Parke, Wolverhampton). Slightly soiled, expertly rebacked to style.
A finely executed watercolour and manuscript copy of the English Struwwelpeter made by John Osmond Dakeyne in 1850, tow years after the first English edition was published. The 24 leaves of text with borders are copies carefully and directly from the printed original, to which is added a newly-designed title-page with vignette and rustic border incorporating the dedication: ‘Armine Littledale Thornton from his Godmother Frances E. Dakeyne Chritmas 1850’. The child in question was born on the 17th January 1849, so this gift was created for his first Christmas. John Osmond Dakeyne, rector of a Wolverhampton parish, was author of at least two theological works, Baptismal Regeneration (1843) and The Sword and the Cross (1853), the latter an enthusiastic poetic argument for the Imperial Christian mission in the East.