Boston: Little, Brown & Co. Hardcover_boards. 5.75"x8.5". 672 pp. Blue boards w/gold letters on spine. Uneven edge. Spine straight, binding tight, pages clean w/slight tone. Not x-library, & unmarked. Bits of foxing here and there. Small chip to right edge. No DJ. Used - VeryGood. Item #13258
This giant Omnibus volume takes Horatio Hornblower from Midshipman to Lieutenant and finally to Captain in His Majesty's Navy.
When we meet him first, Horatio is "a skinny young man only just leaving boyhood behind . . . His gawkiness called attention to his hands and elbows . . . A skinny neck stuck out of the high stock, and above the neck was a white bony face. . . in the hollow cheeks there was a faint shade of green clearly the newcomer had experienced seasickness in his passage out in the shore boat."
Out of such unpromising material grew the brilliant, well-nigh invincible Horatio Hornblower . . . the man who plans the daring attack upon a Spanish fort . . . the man who supervises the funeral of Lord Nelson . . . who conducts a search for sunken treasure in Turkish waters . . . the man who sails his swift but outgunned ship, the Atropos, into battle with a great Spanish frigate his nation's safety riding on his safe return.
You will sail the world with Hornblower and even more fascinating, you will see the sky, proud, idealistic seventeen-year-old "mid" emerge into a man one of the most popular heroes of modern fiction.