London: Michael Joseph, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression (first published . . . 1958), collecting five stories set in the West Indies and featuring Horatio Hornblower, now an admiral. 8vo: 283,pp. Publisher's royal blue cloth, the spine stamped gilt; in a price-clipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Biro. A just about Fine copy, very lightly read, with offsetting to the paste downs and a slightly dusty top edge; in a bright, fresh just about Fine jacket, the spine ends very lightly rubbed. Uncommon thus. Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB0923
"In 1937, with the publication of The Happy Return, Forester created his best-known character, Horatio Hornblower, a sensitive and gifted individual, the flowering of whose talents within the chain of naval command revealed the author's understanding of Nelson's navy, and of sea power. Forester's command of the historical detail of the period was due to his chance purchase, some time previously, of three volumes of the Naval Chronicle, a journal published during the Napoleonic wars. Between 1937 and 1962 appeared twelve Hornblower stories, tracing the rise of the hero from midshipman to admiral. The books were written in a terse, effective style, well suited to the portrayal of the self-doubting but self-disciplined Hornblower, whose complex personality was brilliantly evoked." (ODNB) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.