London: Darton & Co., Holborn Hill, 1855. First English edition of Marenholtz-Bülow’s Woman’s Educational Mission, translated and with a preface by Elizabeth Krockow von Wickerau. The present book also seems to be the earliest English translation of any work by Marenholtz-Bülow. With six engraved plates of children at play, plus an engraved frontispiece and an elaborate decorative half-title. Some toning to edges and some light offsetting from plates, but overall very clean throughout. A very good copy of a scarce item. Publisher’s red cloth blindstamped and lettered in gilt. Some fading to cloth. Dark purple endpapers. Octavo. iv, 88 pp. Item #16743
Baroness Bertha von Marenholtz-Bülow (1810 -1893) was a German educator who wrote extensively on Frederick Fröbel. Marenholtz-Bülow’s writings were translated into English by a variety of female translators, including Mary Tyler Peabody Mann (1806-1887), an important educator and the wife of Horace Mann. English translations of both Marenholtz-Bülow’s The New Education by Work and her Reminiscences of Friedrich Froebel were published by Mary Tyler Peabody Mann in 1876 and 1877, respectively.
Countess Elizabeth Krockow von Wickerau (1849-1910) was a German noblewoman. She identifies her surname in the translator’s preface of the present item as “von Wickerode,” which seems to be an alternate or Anglicized spelling. We could not find any additional information about von Wickerau; this translation of Woman’s Educational Mission seems to be her only published work. OCLC lists 6 copies, none in the U.S.