Flying Colours - C.S. Forester 1938 - Michael Joseph Ltd., London - First Separate Edition The scarce third title in Forester's Horatio Hornblower series. Preceded by a few days by a single volume combining this story with the earlier 'A Ship of the Line'. In the delicate dust jacket without restoration or price-clipping.

Forced to surrender his ship, the Sutherland, after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower now bides his time as a prisoner in a French fortress. Within days he and his first lieutenant, Bush, who was crippled in the last fight, are to be taken to Paris to be tried on trumped-up charges of violating the laws of war, and most probably executed as part of Napoleon's attempt to rally the war-weary empire behind him. Even if Hornblower escapes this fate and somehow finds his way back to England, he will face court-martial for his surrender of a British ship. As fears for his life and his reputation compete in his mind with worries about his pregnant wife and his possibly widowed lover, the indomitable captain impatiently awaits the chance to make his next move
  The third novel in the Hornblower series, and eighth chronologically.

‘I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining’ - Sir Winston Churchill.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.

‘Hornblower is Hamlet in command of a battleship’ -
New York Times.

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. & C. Black Ltd., and is one of the oldest and most prestigious book awards in Britain.

Octavo (book size 13x19cm), pp. 284 [3 (publisher's advertisements)] [1]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in silver, yellow endpapers. Dust jacket priced ‘7’6 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light foxing to first and last few pages, in very good jacket with nice bright colours, light rubbing to edges and corners, edges a slightly rubbed, 2cm chip to upper right corner of front panel, and evidence of former price sticker to lower corner of front flap.   Ref: 102580   Price: HK$ 8,500