C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower Novels in Three Volumes, Featuring the Shield of the U.S. Naval War College

Forester, C. S., Horatio Hornblower. London: Michael Joseph, 1965-1969. Early edition, three volumes. Period U.S. Naval War College binding, housed in custom red cloth slipcase.

Offered is the complete collection of C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series, presented in The United States Naval War College binding. Ten of Forester’s Hornblower novels are compiled in three books, entitled “The Young Hornblower,” “Captain Hornblower RN,” and “Admiral Hornblower.” The books were published between 1965 and 1969 out of London by Michael Joseph Ltd.

Horatio Hornblower is a fictitious Napoleonic Wars-era Navy Officer, created by Forester in the 20th century and depicted throughout Forester’s many novels. Forester made parallels between Hornblower’s character and real navy officers of the time period. He even utilized Royal Navy records to invent material for Hornblower’s fictional adventures. The original Hornblower tales began in 1937, with the publishing of The Happy Return. From there, Forester continued to publish multiple additional novels and short stories detailing Hornblower’s tales. The series ended with The Last Encounter in 1967, after which time the books were compiled and published as sets.


This three volume set is presented in its original red leather binding with raised bands and gilt tooling. The books feature United States Naval War College gilt seals on front and back boards along with marbled endpapers. Interior pages in good condition with staining consistent with age and use. All books housed in a custom-built red slipcase with a photograph of the author on the side.

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