London: Michael Joseph, 1937. [Naval adventure] FIRST EDITION of the first Horatio Hornblower novel. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.287; . Publisher's green cloth lettered in silver to spine, yellow endpapers. Contents clean, minor dustiness to edges, Book Society bookplate to pastedown, cloth bright and fresh. A near fine copy without jacket. C.S. Forester was awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both the Hornblower novels 'A Ship of the Line' and 'Flying Colours'. The Prize was founded in memory of a partner in the publishing house of A. and C. Black Ltd., and is one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain. A young Hornblower is captain of the 36-gun frigate Lydia; he sets his course for Spain and Nicaragua in his ongoing quest to cut Napoleon's lines wherever he crosses them. Item #54147
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