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Author Name:    FORESTER, C.S.

Title:   Naval War of 1812. First British Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Michael Joseph, London, 1957, 

Seller ID:   104515

FORESTER, C.S. The Naval War of 1812. London : Michael Joseph, (1957). Pp. (6),7-[255],(1). + frontispiece + 11 plates. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, small gilt decoration on front board. Map end-papers. This is the British edition of The Age of Fighting Sail: The Story of the Naval War of 1812, published in 1956 by Doubleday. "No one writing today is so well equipped to dramatize great sea battles as C. S. Forester. The author of thefamous Hornblower stories has now written the history of the naval war of 1812 between England and America. The world of unrest in 1812 made it possible for an infant republic seriously to embarrass a great nation rich in a hundred years of sea triumphs. England was queen of the seas, and it seemedfolly for so young a country as the United States to start a naval war wit h The Constitution, The President, and the one or two other ships which formed the only threat the navy possessed. One victory after another by the unproved American Navy roused England to real anger, and provoked the launching of staggering blows upon the Americans in 1814. The blockade of United States ports made privateers of almost every American merchant ship, and thewar on the Great Lakes very nearly sealed the fate of the country. The stu nning impact of the British Navy's attack once it had recovered its equilibrium, and the ultimate, almost stalemate, conclusion to a war that put a final stamp of independence on America's struggle for liberty are highlights in this skilful and important narrative history." (from the dj). Very good in torn dustjacket (with loss of front panel's upper section). 25.00


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