The Hornblower Novels, [Including] The Happy Return; A Ship of the Line; Flying Colours; The Commodore; Lord Hornblower; Mr Midshipman Hornblower; Lieutenant Hornblower; Hornblower and the Atropos; Hornblower in the West Indies; Hornblower and the Hotspur.

“Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year's time, the world would hardy remember the incident": First Edition of C.S. Forester's Hornblower Series; Finely Bound in Full Morocco

The Hornblower Novels, [Including] The Happy Return; A Ship of the Line; Flying Colours; The Commodore; Lord Hornblower; Mr Midshipman Hornblower; Lieutenant Hornblower; Hornblower and the Atropos; Hornblower in the West Indies; Hornblower and the Hotspur.

FORESTER, C.S.

Item Number: 83975

London: Michael Joseph, 1937-62.

First editions of C.S. Forester’s Hornblower novels, published in the author’s lifetime. Octavo, bound in full red morocco, gilt titles and ship device, raised bands. The sets comprises: The Happy Return, 1937; A Ship of the Line, 1939; Flying Colours, 1938; The Commodore, 1945; Lord Hornblower, 1946; Mr Midshipman Hornblower, 1950; Lieutenant Hornblower, 1952; Hornblower and the Atropos, 1953; Hornblower in the West Indies, 1958; Hornblower and the Hotspur, 1962. In fine condition. An exceptional set.

Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Napoleonic Wars-era Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester. He was later the subject of films, radio and television programmes, and C. Northcote Parkinson elaborated a definitive biography. The original Hornblower tales began with the 1937 novel The Happy Return (U.S. title Beat to Quarters) with the appearance of a junior Royal Navy captain on independent duty on a secret mission to Central America. Later stories filled out his earlier years, starting with an unpromising beginning as a seasick midshipman. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily as a result of his skill and daring, despite his initial poverty and lack of influential friends. After surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to the pinnacle of his profession, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet.

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