OKU TUNDA K'EKUMBI. "THE PEEP OF DAY," ETC.; Translated into Mbundu (one of the languages of Angola) by F.S. Arnot. Revised and corrected by W. H. Sanders

London: Printed by the Religious Tract Society, 1893. First edition of 500 copies printed. 8vo. 88 pp. Brown cloth spine, black cloth boards with gilt stamped title on front board. Very good. Previous ownership signature of Henry Turner of Waterloo Liverpool. OCLC lists only British Library and British Library Reference. The writer like many women of the period published anonymously at first. "In 1836 she published her first book, "The Peep of Day, or, A Series of the Earliest Religious Instruction the Infant Mind is Capable of Receiving," a reading book which grew from her own teaching efforts. Convinced that simplified biblical narratives were the best means of teaching Christian doctrines (and, indeed, practically anything else) to children, she followed it with similar manuals, including "Line upon Line" (1837) and "More about Jesus" (1839). None, however, achieved the popularity of "The Peep of Day," which passed through numerous English editions and was published by the Religious Tract Society in thirty-seven different dialects and languages. " (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Writing in The New Yorker on 4 March 1950, Mortimer's grandniece Rosalind Constable called the book, "one of the most outspokenly sadistic children's books ever written" referring to her great aunt's belief in the need to impress upon children the pains of hell that would result from wrongdoing and the rejection of salvation." (Dictionary of Literary Biography). Item #62053

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