The Happy Testament by Charles Loundsberry / Rachel Marshall 1st / 1st 1913
First and only edition published by Chatto & Windus in 1914. This is a near fine copy. It is published in french flaps. The card covers are very well preserved with no chips or tears. The corners are gently rubbed and there are a few light and occasional marks. The pages are very clean and free from marks or previous owners ink. Overall condition of this scarce title is near fine.
This title is notable as the debut of Rachel 'Ray' Marshall. She has hand coloured 18 illustrations including the eye catching frontispiece. She was married to David Garnett (author and member of the Bloomsbury Group) and she went on to illustrate a number of his books. This children's story by Charles Loundsberry made its first appearance in Harpers Magazine in 1898 under the title 'A last Will' and has reappeared several times under different titles. The premise is that the author imagines himself bequeathing greater gifts than what the material world could offer. A rare title in nice condition.