The Quest of the Golden Hope. A Seventeenth Century Story of Adventure, Westerman, Percy F. Published by Blackie and Son Ltd, London, Circa 1925. 12mo up to 7½” tall., 255pp. with colour frontis, three black and white illustrated plates by Frank E. Wiles and one map. Blue cloth boards with illustration front and spine. Frontis is neatly detached but present, light foxing to title page and outside edges. In very good condition.
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.