ST. DOMINIC’S PRESS. SWINSTEAD, Margaret Honor. ~ The Affectionate Parent’s Gift. A Collection of Prose and Verse...from Old Books for Children.
Wood engraving by David Jones on title-page (’Dominican Friar’). Booklist 1930 notes an edition of 480 copies. Pp. x, 94. 8vo., original black cloth backed printed paper covered boards with leaf pattern in green and black and wood-engraving of two children on upper cover, rubbed and very slightly darkened at very edges, headcaps bumped, crisp internally.
The verses and prose are all taken by Margaret Swinstead from Pre-Victorian books for children for their amusement factor and for the fact that they pull no punches in comparison to today’s children’s books. For instance in the Woes section which begins with the death of a father “Oh fatal stroke! - must hope expire, And shall my tender parent die? “