London: Michael Joseph, 1950. [Naval Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.277; , blank. Publisher's green cloth with silver titles blocked to spine, colour-illustrated dust-jacket by Val Biro, priced at 9/6. Edges of text block a little dusty, binding fresh, jacket very lightly rubbed and nicked. A clean, bright, near fine copy. It's 1793, and 'Midshipman Hornblower' concerns the gallant young officer's first command, when England fought to rule the sea. 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. Item #56015
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