Hornblower and the Atropos - C. S. Forester 1953 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
  The eighth novel in the Hornblower series, and fifth chronologically.

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 (19 x 13 cm). pp. 302 [2]. In publisher’s brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced at ‘12s. 6d. net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, little spotting to top edge, in near fine dust jacket, with minor wear to corners and spine ends, spine lightly toned.   Ref: 108719   Price: HK$ 2,000