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FORESTER, C. S.

Rare books by C. S. Forester, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of The African Queen.

Regularly stocked editions of Forester’s works include The Complete Hornblower and first Omnibus edition.

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  1. Payment Deferred.

    Payment Deferred.

    First edition, first impression. Rare in the jacket. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 86223

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  2. Payment Deferred.

    Payment Deferred.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99487

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  3. The Gun.
    signed

    The Gun.

    First US edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the first blank leaf, "J.B. from C. S. Forester". Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 36034

    Signed: Yes

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  4. The African Queen.

    The African Queen.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 48039

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  5. The African Queen.

    The African Queen.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98902

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  6. The General.
    signed

    The General.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Michael Joseph. Not the onlie begetter but nearly so. from C. S. Forester" on the title-page. A superb association copy, most recently in the collection of military historian and journalist Max Hastings, and mentioned in his introduction to the new edition published by HarperCollins in 2015. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109685

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Happy Return.

    The Happy Return.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published:

    Stock Code: 42986

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  8. [The complete Hornblower:]
    signed

    [The complete Hornblower:]

    The Happy Return (1937); A Ship of the Line (1938); Flying Colours (1938); The Commodore (1945); Lord Hornblower (1946); Mr Midshipman Hornblower (1950); Lieutenant Hornblower (1952); Hornblower and the Atropos (1953); Hornblower in the West Indies (1958); Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962); Hornblower and The Crisis (1967).
    All first editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position, hounded by the prospect of a paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a cargo boat bound for home. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109292

    Signed: Yes

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  9. The complete Hornblower:

    The complete Hornblower:

    The Happy Return (1937); A Ship of the Line (1938); Flying Colours (1938); The Commodore (1945); Lord Hornblower (1946); Mr Midshipman Hornblower (1950); Lieutenant Hornblower (1952); Hornblower and the Atropos (1953); Hornblower in the West Indies (1958); Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962); Hornblower and The Crisis (1967).
    First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position, hounded by the prospect of a paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a cargo boat bound for home. Learn More
    £3,950

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114526

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  10. Flying Colours.

    Flying Colours.

    Including A Ship of the Line.
    First edition, first impression. This is the true first printing of Flying Colours issued in conjunction with the Book Society, preceding the single volume publication. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109412

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  11. A Ship of the Line.
    signed

    A Ship of the Line.

    First edition thus, first impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith and the publisher's presentation slip to the author loosely inserted. A Ship of the Line was first published in 1938 by Michael Joseph. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 87834

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Flying Colours.
    signed

    Flying Colours.

    First US edition. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the binder's front blank "To Mr. A. R. W. Robertson gratefully for kindness received in British Guinea, from C. S. Forester." Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 106985

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Earthly Paradise.
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 23869

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  14. The Earthly Paradise.

    The Earthly Paradise.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published:

    Stock Code: 44377

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  15. The Earthly Paradise.

    The Earthly Paradise.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published:

    Stock Code: 45174

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  16. The Earthly Paradise.

    The Earthly Paradise.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 61739

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  17. The Earthly Paradise.

    The Earthly Paradise.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99490

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  18. The Captain from Connecticut.

    The Captain from Connecticut.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103887

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  19. Poo-Poo and the Dragons.

    Poo-Poo and the Dragons.

    Illustrated by Robert Lawson.
    First edition, first impression of Forester's first children's book. Telling the tale of of Harold Heavyside Brown and the dragons Horatio and Ermyntrude. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97214

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  20. Poo-Poo and the Dragons.
    signed

    Poo-Poo and the Dragons.

    Illustrated by Robert Lawson.
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication by Forester on the first blank "Ann Catherine Winter, best wishes from C. S. Forester, 22 August 1942". Poo-Poo and the Dragons was Forester's first children's book, previously published in the UK in the same year. Very scarce inscribed. Learn More
    £1,450

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 114200

    Signed: Yes

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