By England's Aid
Author: G.A. Henty
Illustrator: Alfred Pearse
HENTY, G[eorge] A[lfred]. By England’s Aid: or, the Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604). With ten page illustrations by Alfred Pearse and four maps. NY: Scribner & Welford . 8vo, 384pp + 32 advts. Blue cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, black, orange and brown; all edges burnished olive-green. Maroon endpapers; 10 halftone plates. Spine ends lightly worn, lower edge and corners lightly rubbed, else a clean, remarkably bright copy.
First US edition. Set in 1585 through 1604, this sequel to Henty’s By Pike and Dyke continues the story of the Dutch Protestant struggle for independence from their Spanish Catholic rulers. Two English brothers experience the major conflicts in the struggle meeting one of the greatest generals of the time, Sir Francis Vere. Their adventures include the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the battle of Cadiz and Ostend, life in Holland and Spain, and more. Henty’s legendary storytelling once again captures the reader’s imagination while educating his readers.