London: Michael Joseph. 1951. FORESTER FAMILY COPY. 8vo. Reprint edition. Publisher's cloth in unclipped dustwrapper. Some moderate edgewear; very good. With signed ex-libris from the Forester and Troughton-Smith Family Archive to front pastedown. Inscribed by Forester to his nephew Stephen to front flyleaf: "To Stephen/ with best wishes from his reluctant uncle / C. S. Forester" Cecil Louis Troughton Smith wrote adventure stories under the pen name Cecil Scott Forester. Brought up in England, much of Forester's writing life was spent in California, a sufferer from arteriosclerosis and a partial invalid, sadly ironic for a man who had created one of the most distinctive and popular action heroes in the form of Horatio Hornblower. Forester married his second wife Dorothy, in 1947 and they lived in California until Forester's death in 1966. Having remained close to Forester's nephew; Mr. Stephen Troughton-Smith, who had a close relationship with his uncle, Dorothy eventually ended up living with Stephen and his family in Sussex after she became too frail to cope on her own. After her death in 1998 her Forester related books, correspondance and ephemera were bequeathed to Stephen Troughton-Smith who combined them with his own material to form the Forester Troughton Smith family archive. After his death the archive arrived in auction. Item #39069
Toovey's Auctioneers 21/02/2012.