BERQUIN, Arnaud, illus. BEWICK The Looking-Glass for the Mind London, Printed for J Crowder, 1798.
8vo. ;pp.viii, 271; a sound copy with some scuffing and abrasions to the covers, but clear text, bright woodcuts and only occasional foxing, ink inscription to ffep reading 'Milo Croughton, 1800', tear to blank rear endpaper.
The book is a collection of tales for children, sometimes innocuous and at other times far more sinister. Berquin was quite adamant that his tales not be lurid or fantastical, and so these stories are played out by children pursuing the kinds of things that Bequin assumed children got up to. The cautionary nature of the tales becomes apparent very quickly, when poor Nancy forgets to feed her canary and her father straps the body of the unfortunate bird to her ceiling as a punishment.
Originally L'Ami des Enfans, this book became the Looking-Glass for the Mind when it was translated into English (and rather viciously bowdlerised) by Mary Stockdale, who would publish it through her father, John Stockdale.