A Lad of Grit: A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea in Restoration Times, Westerman, Percy F. Published by Blackie & Son, London & Glasgow, Circa 1920. 12mo up to 7½” tall., 240pp. Four illustrated plates by Edward S. Hodgson. Green cloth boards with illustrated front and spine in black, red, and pale yellow. In very good to near fine condition. Light toning, an occasional light smudge mark and otherwise contents are clean and without tears or folds. Very light rubbing to board corners and spine edges; light spine lean.
Percy Francis Westerman (1876 – 1959) was a prolific author of children’s literature, many of his books are adventures with military themes. His first book for boys, ‘A Lad of Grit’, was published in 1908. In the same year, Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement, which strongly influenced many of Westerman’s books – he was a particularly keen supporter of the Sea Scouts. During the 1930s Westerman was voted the most popular author of stories for boys. He published at least 174 books; his books sold over one and a half million copies in his lifetime. See pictures for additional available titles by Percy Francis Westerman.