Publ. Andrew Melrose Hard Cover. No Jacket. Illustrations by Symington, J.Ayton. Blue boards with gilt decoration, titles and upper page ends. Owner's name inscribed, bumping to corners, worn to edges, some shelf-wear, a little staining to end-papers. No publication date, but printed dedication by the author dated 1855. 8vo, 484pp. Front cover decorated with crest and legend "Streete Court Westgate"
Set initially in Bideford in North Devon during the reign of Elizabeth I, Westward Ho! follows the adventures of Amyas Leigh, an unruly child who as a young man follows Francis Drake to sea. Amyas loves local beauty Rose Salterne, as does nearly everyone else. Much of the novel involves the kidnap of Rose by a Spaniard.
Amyas spends time in the Caribbean seeking gold, and eventually returns to England at the time of the Spanish Armada, finding his true love, the beautiful Indian maiden Ayacanora, in the process; yet fate had blundered and brought misfortune into Amyas's life, for not only had he been blinded by a freak bolt of lightning at sea, but he also loses his brother Frank Leigh and Rose Salterne, who were caught by the Spaniards and burnt at the stake by the Inquisition.