This is an anthology of six stories for girls, written by six well-known lady authors (Winifred Darch, Christine Chaundler, Winifred Letts (who also wrote under the name of Peter Martin), Lilian Quiller-Couch (younger sister of Sir Arthur), Margaret Stuart Lane, and Brenda Girvin). Edited by 'Mrs Herbert Strang' (actually a pseudonym of authors George Herbert Ely (1866–1958) and Charles James L'Estrange (1867–1947)), it would have made a very welcome gift to any young lady in the early 1920s, and perhaps inspired her to live a rather less circumscribed life than that of her mother's generation.
'Mrs Herbert Strang' was the second pseudonym of two English authors, George Herbert Ely (1866–1958) and Charles James L'Estrange (1867–1947), who normally wrote as 'Herbert Strang', specialising in adventure stories for boys, both historical and modern-day. Both men were staff members of Oxford University Press, which published their books, giving them a patina of social status and approval for the parents of their intended audience. Their work owed much to Jules Verne, "Round the World in Seven Days" being one of their most popular books. They have been classified as "popular writers of imperial fiction" and "successors of G. A. Henty". As well as their own books, they produced several series of anthologies, "edited by Herbert Strang" including 'The Big Book of School Stories for Boys' and 'The Oxford Annual for Scouts', as well as an anthology series for girls by "Mrs. Herbert Strang", also credited as the author of some adventure books for girls, notably 'The Girl Crusoes: A Story of the South Seas'.
Our copy is in generally good condition for its age (presumed published c.1921). The frontispiece (by C. E Brock) is dated 1919. There is one further colour plate by Grace Lodge and other b/w illustrations by G. K. Sterr, Edwards M. Sankey, Grace Lodge, C.E. Brock and others. It is in illustrated paper-covered boards with an orange cloth spine, with title etc in black lettering and a black design; the front cover is highly decorated and includes a reduced copy of the frontispiece. There is some external wear consistent with the book's age and presumed use, but in general it looks good for its nearly 100 years. Inside, the front paste-down is in the form of an ex libris, the name 'Joyce Huckleby' neatly ink-written, and a pencil note that the title page has been repaired. The repair was rather clumsy, with what seems to be the adhesive edge of a sheet of postage stamps used to mend a long tear near the spine. Apart from this, the binding is generally firm, the pages clean, and there are no signs of foxing. The rear fep is badly browned, with matching shadowing on the paste-down.