Midshipman Webb’s Treasure, Westerman, Percy F. Published by Blackie & Son Limited, London, 1937. First Edition. 12mo up to 7½” tall., 319pp. with six illustrated plates by D. L. Mays. Tan cloth boards with ruled red borders and black titles to front and spine and spine illustration in brown and black. Volume is in very good to near fine condition with 3 black felt lines to pastedown, light outer edge dusting. Clipped jacket has a few small chips and tears and a diagonal crease to front panel. Partly set in New Guinea, Noumea and New Zealand.
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.