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The Happy Return
London: Michael Joseph, Ltd., 1937 First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title page. A near fine copy, with a slight hint of wear to the spine head and tail, minor toning to the spine, light spotting to the page edges, otherwise bright and clean; in an unclipped dust jacket, with minor wear and chipping to the spine tail and the bottom corners, small losses to the spine head and top edges, partial publisher's wrap-around band, light spotting to the front panel and spine, minor toning to the spine, slight smudging to the rear panel. Scarce in jacket. The Happy Return, published in the United States as Beat to Quarters is the first of the author's novels to feature the protagonist Horatio Hornblower, a fictional Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Forester came up with this character after reading serialized stories about the Napoleonic Wars in turn of the 19th century issues of The Naval Chronicle while traveling by boat from North America to Central America. The Happy Return and the two subsequent novels were published from 1937-1939, and the three stood alone as a trilogy for almost a decade. The later novels were written after World War II, and the influence of the archetypal patriotic, heroic military figure of post-war America is evident in his writing. Many of these later texts were originally published serially in Saturday Evening Post under the title "Hornblower of the Indies." They serve as prequels and sequels to the original trilogy, which is situated thematically in the middle of the larger saga.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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