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Author Name:    KENT, Alexander BOLITHO)

Title:   Form Line of Battle! First American Edition in dustjacket,

Publisher:    G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1969, 

Seller ID:   92181

KENT, Alexander. Form Line of Battle! A novel. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1969). First American Printing. Pp. (8),[9]-320. Map endpapers. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine. Smith & Weller, Sea FictionGuide 1350. "It is June of the year 1793 when Captain Richard Bolitho of t he Royal Navy arrives at Gibraltar to take command of the Hyperion, a seventy-four-gun ship of the line, and sail her in Britain's struggle against the rising might of Revolutionary France. Bolitho sails to join Lord Hood andpartake in the monarchist-inspired occupation of Toulon. But at heart Boli tho is still a frigate captain, and he is soon fretting at being tied to the fleet's apron strings and impatient with the outdated minds and methods of his admirals. His ship, too, is old and slow, her hull weed-encrusted after nearly four years' continuous commission. Beneath the Mediterranean sun,and often in sight of the enemy coast, Bolitho and his tired old ship face one conflict after another -- and when at last the ill-fated campain colla pses in failure, it is the Hyperion, outgunned and outnumbered, which takesher rightful place in the line of battle." - from the dust jacket. Very go od in rubbed, worn, price-clipped dust jacket. 20.00


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