London: Michael Joseph, 1967. [Naval fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.175. Publisher's bright blue cloth. Pictorial dust-wrapper designed by Ivan Lapper priced at 25s. Three small ink numbers to flyleaf else a fine copy of the book in slightly edgeworn, near fine wrapper. Contains the uncompleted last Hornblower novel and two short stories previously unpublished in book form. In 1805 Napoleon prepares to invade England. A desperate hand-to-hand encounter with a French brig gives Hornblower possession of confidential dispatches from Bonaparte - a means of luring the enemy fleet into battle. Asked by the Admiralty to risk a shameful death, he agrees to a dangerous mission which could rank as the greatest defeat of his career - turning spy to light a powder trail to Trafalgar. Item #54089
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