• Unsigned
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
Released April 4, 1938

£900.00

May, 1810 - and thirty-nine-year-old Captain Horatio Hornblower has been handed his first ship of the line . . .

Though the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland is 'the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy' and a crew shortage means he must recruit two hundred and fifty landlubbers, Hornblower knows that by the time Sutherland and her squadron reach the blockaded Catalonian coast every seaman will do his duty. But with daring raids against the French army and navy to be made, it will take all Hornblower's seamanship - and stewardship - to steer a steady course to victory and home . . .

This is the sixth of eleven books chronicling the adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable nautical hero, Horatio Hornblower.

Book Condition & Notes

Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 304 pages unmarked throughout except for slight foxing on edges of pages. The blue cloth boards are bright and clean front and back, but the spine has some loss of colour. At the top & bottom edge of the spine there is some discolouring where the colour has bleached out. The pictorial dust wrapper is complete and not price-clipped, but is chipped and small tears at edges. There is some loss at the spine which corresponds with the browning on the top & foot of the spine.

Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

C. S. Forester

Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, born 1899, known by his pen name Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester, was an English novelist known for writing tales of naval warfare, such as the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars.

The Hornblower novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 1938. His other works include The African Queen, filmed by the legendary John Houston.

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Book Condition & Notes

Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 304 pages unmarked throughout except for slight foxing on edges of pages. The blue cloth boards are bright and clean front and back, but the spine has some loss of colour. At the top & bottom edge of the spine there is some discolouring where the colour has bleached out. The pictorial dust wrapper is complete and not price-clipped, but is chipped and small tears at edges. There is some loss at the spine which corresponds with the browning on the top & foot of the spine.

Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.