Forester, C. S.


FIRST EDITION, 1929. (iv) + 265 + 6 (advt.) pp., port. frontis. Blue cloth ; gilt ; fore & lower edges uncut. 22 x 15cm. Spine & part of rear board faded (gilt bright) ; lacks half of (blank) front free endpaper o/w V.G. This is a copy of the first edition of a factual biography of Admiral Nelson by the author of the fictional 'Hornblower'. There is no doubt that Forester drew his inspiration for Hornblower from Nelson. The narrative is very good save perhaps for the rather abrupt ending. The first English edition is more attractively printed than the American edition also published in 1929, although it contains one single plate as a frontispiece only, being a full-length portrait of Lord Nelson by Hoppner.

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