Captain Hornblower - C. S. Forester 1939 - Michael Joseph Ltd., London - First Edition Contains arguably the best three books of the Hornblower Series, and the first three to be published - The Happy Return [Beat to Quarters in the U.S.A.], A Ship Of The Line and Flying Colours.   The Happy Return - June, 1808 – and off the Coast of Nicaragua Captain Horatio Hornblower has his hands full …
Now in command of HMS Lydia, a thirty-six-gun frigate, Hornblower has instructions to form an alliance against the Spanish colonies with a mad and messianic revolutionary, El Supremo; to find a water route across the Central American isthmus; and ‘to take, sink, burn or destroy’ the fifty-gun Spanish ship of the line Natividad – or face court-martial. And as if that wasn’t hard enough, Hornblower must also contend with the charms of an unwanted passenger: Lady Barbara Wellesley.

A Ship Of The Line - May, 1810 – and thirty-nine-year-old Captain Horatio Hornblower has been handed his first ship of the line …
Though the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland is ‘the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy’ and a crew shortage means he must recruit two hundred and fifty landlubbers, Hornblower knows that by the time Sutherland and her squadron reach the blockaded Catalonian coast every seaman will do his duty. But with daring raids against the French army and navy to be made, it will take all Hornblower’s seamanship – and stewardship – to steer a steady course to victory and home.

Flying Colours - A humiliated and shipless captive of the French, Horatio Hornblower faces execution unless he can escape and make a triumphant return to England … Forced to surrender his ship, HMS Sutherland, after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower is held prisoner in a French fortress. Prospects turn bleaker when he learns that he and Lt. Bush are to be tried and executed in Paris as part of Napoleon’s attempts to rally the war-weary Empire. Even if Hornblower can escape this fate and make it safe to England, he still faces court-martial for surrendering his ship. With little hope for the future and little left to lose, Hornblower throws caution to the wind once more.

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  Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, in full navy blue morocco, spine lettered in gilt with sailing ship centres, hand-marbled endleaves, all edges gilt.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 101870   Price: HK$ 9,000