About the book:
A children’s book first published in 1914, relating the story of Joan of Arc, the French heroine who fought against the British and was consequently burned at the stake when she was only 19. Later on, after a re-examination of her trial, she was pronounced innocent and declared a martyr. She was canonized in 1920 and is one of the patron saints of France.
About Charles Buchel, the illustrator (from Wikipedia):
Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel) (1872–1950) was a British artist.
Buchel was born in Mainz, Germany, but immigrated to England as a child. Buchel studied art at the Royal Academy Schools. He was hired by the actor-manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in 1898, and worked with him for sixteen years.
Buchel painted several portraits of Tree, and also designed theatrical programmes and advertising posters, programmes for the theatre. He drew many illustrations for the theatre magazines of his day. He is best remembered for having painted many of the stage stars of his era, including Lily Langtry, Henry Irving and George Alexander.