London: Michael Joseph, 1945. [Naval adventure] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.271; . Publisher's yellow cloth with silver titles to spine, in striking Barbosa-designed dust-wrapper priced at 9/6. Discreet owner name and date stamped in ink to flyleaf else fine in fine slightly short wrapper - not faded; the correct spine colour is yellow with orange lettering. A splendid example. The fourth book in the Horatio Hornblower series; The Admiralty puts Hornblower in command of a squadron and sends him on a diplomatic and military mission to the Baltic, his primary aim to bring Russia into the war against Napoleon. Item #54836
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