London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842. First edition. Very good. Modern marbled boards with printed paper spine label. Octavo. xii, 372 + 32 pp. publisher's catalogue. Item #15696
Louisa Mary Barwell (1800-1885) was the daughter of inventor and writer on music, Richard Mackenzie Bacon (1776-1844), and from the age of eighteen, she was associated with her father in the editorship of the Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review (1818-1830). After her marriage to wine merchant John Barwell, she turned her attention to the composition of educational works, contributing regularly to the Quarterly Journal of Education and the New Monthly Magazine. She was particularly known for her writings on music education. The Barwells became friends with Philipp Emmanuel von Fellenberg and enrolled their sons at his school in Switzerland. Later her husband, who shared her interest in education, was instrumental in securing the success of a scheme by which a charity day school for girls in Norwich was converted into an industrial training school for girls. Louisa Barwell also wrote books for children, including Little Lessons for Little Learners (1833) and Pleasant Stories in Simple Language (1850). Her popular book, Childhood's Hours (1851), was used in the royal nursery by Queen Victoria's children. (See Oxford DNB).