New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Good. Pictorial cloth-covered board cover has curved corners and is worn at the edges with cloth deterioration. Endpapers and binding are sound. Binding is tight and square. Edges are foxed. Text block is clean. Plates are clean and sound. 292 pp. / Dj is discolored with some marks and is worn at the edges and corners with nicks and small closed and open tears. Brodart cover applied. Item #9807
Illustrated with B&W plates.
The Rover Boys, or The Rover Boys' Series for Young Americans, was a popular juvenile series written by Arthur M. Winfield, a pseudonym for Edward Stratemeyer. Thirty titles were published between 1899 and 1926 and the books remained in print for years afterward. The original Rover Boys were brothers Tom, Sam, and Dick Rover. The Rovers were students at a military boarding school. The three brothers were adventurous, prank-playing, and flirtatious, and because they were often unchaperoned, they were frequently able to cause mischief for authorities as well as criminals. The series often incorporated novel technology of the era such as the automobile and the airplane or momentous news events such as World War I. The Rover boys' children (Fred, son of Sam Rover; Jack, son of Dick; and Andy and Randy, twin sons of Tom) became the main characters of the "second series" that began with Volume 21, The Rover Boys at Colby Hall, first published in 1917. The elder Rovers continued to make appearances in the second series. Additionally, there was a related Putnam Hall series of six books that featured other popular characters from the first Rovers' series, although the Rovers themselves did not appear.