Cruel Sea, The

Publisher London: Cassell & Co.
Year 1952
Edition FIRST (SEE DESCRIPTION)
Printing FIFTH
Pages 416
Binding Hardcover
$84.95

Cassell & Co. London 1952. FIRST EDITION, fifth printing (typical of British publishers this is stated as "Fifth Edition" - in US terms genuinely fifth printing of the FIRST EDITION, printed only months after its first release.) Blue cloth, silver spine lettering, overall good condition with some light foxing and wear on corners and spine. The finest novel of the British Royal Navy in WWII and a maritime classic. The story, based upon the author's own experiences, formed the basis of the notable feature film starring Jack Hawkins in one of his most memorable roles. So accurate is its description of the fateful Battle of the Atlantic that it is one of the very few works of fiction admitted by Law to the standard bibliography of 'The Royal Navy in World War Two'. The author - a Lieutenant Commander - served as a "Corvette Commander" engaged in action in the Western approaches. 416 pages.