This is one of the historical novels by Violet Needham, and is set in the Netherlands in the 16th century, when the country was fighting for its freedom from Spanish rule. The young hero is based on a painting that the author knew and loved when she visited the country as a child.
Violet Needham (1867-1976) wrote 19 books in all, directed at younger readers, the first appearing when she was already aged 63. They fall into 3 categories: Ruritanian, historical, and contemporary. The Ruritanian series are 'fantasy' tales set in three fictional East European countries; the historical series are set in a variety of periods. The author was born in England to a privileged but chaotic family, spent summer holidays in Europe, and lived there for six years as a young woman.
The book is in good condition for its age, but the (price-clipped) dust-wrapper is generally worn round the edges, and has a large tear to the front portion, and is badly foxed on the inside. The pink cloth covers are generally good, with only one or two minor stains to the front (see photo). There is a little fading to the top of the spine, and only minor signs of shelf wear. The dark blue titles on the spine are clear and bright. Internally, the fep bears an inkwritten inscription, and also a different owner's signature (see photo). The binding is firm, and all pages are clean and bright. There is some foxing to all page edges. The book is profusely illustrated by Joyce Bruce.