Running Proud - Nicholas MonsarratLondon: Cassell, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is darkened at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “For twenty-five years Nicholas Monsarrat has lived with a magnificent dream; a dream to stretch a novelist’s imagination to the limit — of one man living the hazardous life of a British seaman through four centuries of our maritime history, from the Spanish Armada until today.
Living with that fantasy he has followed the sea ways of the great adventurers and naval captains of the past, from the inland seas of the Arctic to the gentle islands of the South Pacific. And now he has transmuted all he has seen and all he has learned into the enthralling story of Matthew Lawe, master mariner… Matthew Lawe, whose spectacular act of cowardice in the midst of Drake’s defeat of the Spanish Armada brought upon him a wild witch’s curse that he stay on earth until his guilt was purged.
In unending pursuit of salvation, Matthew sailed with Hudson on his last doomed voyage in search of a North-West Passage through the frozen wilderness of the North American continent; fought as a buccaneer under Henry Morgan in the Caribbean; served Samuel Pepys as he transformed rotting hulks, pressed men and professional time-servers into the King’s Navy; stood at Captain Cook’s right hand as he navigated the narrows of the St. Lawrence to carry General Wolfe to the storming of Quebec, followed him as he charted unknown seas, watched his violent death on a Hawaiian beach. In due course, Matthew became an intimate of Nelson’s household as the sea captain farmed his Norfolk acres in premature retirement, served under him when war with the French took him back to sea, to victory on the Nile, to Naples and Emma, and to Trafalgar.
Matthew Lawe embodies the spirit of British seamen who mastered the seven oceans during the last four hundred years, whose appetite for adventure carried the fame of Britain across the world. But, while they were mortal, for Matthew there was no rest.
The full story of The Master Mariner cannot be told within the compass of one volume. Running Proud is the first half of this epic novel, carrying Matthew from the Armada to Trafalgar.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Master Mariner series. 524 pages.