Hamburg: bei August Campe (printed by Friedrich Vieweg, Braunschweig), 1815. Octavo (16 × 10.5 cm). Publisher's pink printed wrappers with decorative border; X, 95,  pp. Text within ornamental floral border printed in red; title page set within black ornamental border and double-ruled border in red. A very good copy in the original wrappers; rear wrapper lightly discolored.
Rare bibliophile edition of children's songs, tales, nursery rhymes, and playful ditties. Among the specific genres are rhymes for rocking children on one's knees, for soothing them after getting hurt, lullaby songs for day and night time, ABC songs, ditties about various animals and types of weather. This is evidently the first such collection inspired by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim's Romantic collection of songs, "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" (1808), which contained a section on children's songs (see Handbuch zur Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Von 1800 bis 1850, no. 160). Those texts which were not contained in "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" have been supplied by the compiler based on the oral traditions known to him. The book is divided into two parts: part one holds songs sung by parents for their children, part two consists of songs to be sung by children themselves. The compiler, Joachim Heinrich Campe (1746-1818) was a German linguist, pedagogue, writer, and publisher of the Enlightenment; he is considered a pioneer in the German genres of children's and adolescent literature. Curiously, he has largely excluded religious and pious references from the texts, and apparently chose not to include those songs from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" which are of a religious nature. Aside from the selection, the book is noteworthy for the high quality of the printing: the text on each page is framed within a stylized twine of leaves, printed in red; the title page is additionall set within a double-ruled red border and a black ornamental border of typographic ornaments. In spite of the somewhat misleading title, this is the first (and only) edition (a reprint appeared in 1948). The book was used, for instance, by Wilhelm Grimm, as attested by a copy held in the Brothers Grimm Library featuring his marginalia. See Handbuch, p. 285. The book was printed by Friedrich Vieweg in Braunschweig. In North America, KVK and OCLC only show the copy at Houghton Library.
Book ID: P5662