This little collection of stories concerns the legendary character Guy of Warwick, tales of whose adventures and achievements entertained children for hundreds of years. It was compiled by Henrietta Marshall, who also produced 'Our Island Story', one of the seminal children's history books of the early 20th century.
H.E. (Henrietta) Marshall (1867-1941) was a British author, particularly well known for her works of popular national history for children, which, while perhaps proving inspirational to many, were unfortunately not necessarily historically accurate. Educated in Scotland, she appears to have made her living almost entirely by writing, apart from a short period as superintendent of a girls' Hall of Residence in Glasgow. She never married.
The book is in a small format, appropriate for small hands, and is in remarkably good condition for its age. Bound in light tan cloth with gilt decoration to front and spine, and an illustrated paste-down picture of Guy on his horse on the front cover. There is some staining to the bottom of the back cover (see photo), and all corners are a little bumped. The rough-cut pages (top edges all gilt) are all present, as is the deep blue marker strip, and the binding is generally firm, with a little weakness at p.69 (see photo). The free back endpaper is tanned, and the front endpaper and half-title pages are also slightly tanned and a little foxed, but otherwise the text is clean and bright throughout, and the eight coloured pictures are all present. The contents page and list of illustrations are both torn with some loss. An ink-written inscription is dated 1906.