21st February 2012
FORESTER, C.S. (1899-1966). [The Works.] Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1953-1970. 11 vols., all first American editions, 8vo (195 x 124mm. and larger). Occasional illustrations. Contemporary morocco, the spines gilt in six compartments, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, t.e.g. (a few spines slightly faded, one faded to brown). Provenance: C.S. Forester and his second wife Dorothy (presentation copies, specially bound and given to the author or his wife by his publishers Little, Brown and Co., one with publisher's presentation slip loosely inserted); The Forester and Troughton-Smith Family Archive. Note: a unique part-set of the American edition of Forester's Works, the majority the author's own copies presented to him by his grateful American publisher. The set comprises: Hornblower and the Atropos, 1953; The Nightmare, 1954; Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies, 1958; The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck, 1959; Young Hornblower, three complete novels, [n.d. but circa 1960. ?First U.S. edition thus]; Hornblower and the Hotspur, 1962; Fatal Fascination by Nigel Balchin, C.S. Forester, [et al], 1964; Hornblower during the Crisis, 1967; Long Before Forty, 1967; The Man in the Yellow Raft, 1969; Gold from Crete, 1970 (11).
Hammer price: £2,800
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