One of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers. Patrick O'Brian's biography of naturalist, explorer and co-founder of Australia, Joseph Banks, is narrative history at its finest. Published to rave reviews, it reveals Banks to be a man of enduring importance, and establishes itself as a classic of exploration.
"It is in his description of that arduous three-year voyage [on the ship Endeavor] that Mr. O'Brian is at his most brilliant. . . . He makes us understand what life within this wooden world was like, with its 94 male souls, two dogs, a cat and a goat."—Linda Colley, New York Times
"An absorbing, finely written overview, meant for the general reader, of a major figure in the history of natural science."—Frank Stewart, Los Angeles Times
"[This book is] the definitive biography of an extraordinary subject."—Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
"His skill at narrative and his extensive knowledge of the maritime history . . . give him a definite leg up in telling this . . . story."—Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
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Patrick O’Brian was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He lived for many years in south west France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Acceptable. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. The book is perfectly readable and fit for use, although it shows signs of previous ownership. The spine is likely creased and the cover scuffed or slightly torn. Textbooks will typically have an amount of underlining and/or highlighting, as well as notes. If this book is over 5 years old, then please expect the pages to be yellowing or to have age spots. Bookseller Inventory # CHL1071064
Book Description Collins Harvill. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0002173506I3N00
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Book Description Collins Harvill, 1987., 1987. 1st edition. 8vo. 328pp. B/w. illustrations. Some underscoring, mainly in pencil, original boards, without d/w. ISBN 0002173506 US$17. Bookseller Inventory # 140512
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Book Description Macdonald, London, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First UK Edition. First impression of the first UK edition. ***Near fine in black cloth-covered boards with silver titles to spine. No inscriptions. Spine tight. In a near fine colour illustrated dustwrapper which has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of £13.95. Extremities very slightly creased and rubbed. No tears. No fading to the red titles on the spine. Front cover, spine and back panel of dustwrapper bright. ***494 pages. 244 mm x 160 mm. ***''Jonathan Kellerman follows his brilliant bestseller "Silent Partner" with another intricate and compelling suspense novel featuring psychologist-detective Alex Delaware - in a dark portrayal of a community where the sins of the past have taken root, to flower anew in hatred and violence. ***Time Bomb. The cheerful chaos of a California schoolyard is shattered one autumn day by a sniper's gunfire. ---Nathan High School has been the object of hostility since the introduction of inner-city children to its suburban campus, but as Alex gets ever more deeply involved, he discovers that a wider net of malice has been cast - one that reaches far beyond the school and may have already claimed innocent lives. Before long, his relentless probing will make Alex himself the target for an obsessive and consuming hatred - one that will erupt in an explosion of violence.' (Quote from inside front and back of jacket blurb). ***'Ingenious and horrifying first novel.' [about "When The Bough Breaks"] Sunday Times - review quote from back of jacket blurb. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Bookseller Inventory # 2212
Book Description London Collins Harvill, 1987. Fine First Edition hardcover in like protected price-clipped d/j. Scarce. 328pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6783
Book Description Collins Harvill, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9008898
Book Description Collins Harvill, 1987. Orange Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 328pp with b&w illustrations. As new. In a similar unclipped duatjacket. In a protective sleeve. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 4002907
Book Description Collins Harvill, London, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Black and white illlustrations. ***Jacket illustration: Sir Joseph Banks by Sir Joshua Reynolds (National Portrait Gallery; Banksia coccinea by Ferdinand Bauer from Florae Novae Hollandiae (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). ***First impression of the true first edition. ***Near fine in light tan cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. No inscriptions. Spine tight. In a near fine colour illustrated dustwrapper. Extremities very slightly creased and rubbed. No tears. Not faded. Front cover, spine and back panel of dustwrapper bright. ***328 pages including bibliography and index. 238 mm x 160 mm. ***'Sir Joseph Banks, naturalist, explorer, President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years and one of Australia's founding fathers, was among the most outstanding figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He rose to lasting renown when, as a young botanist, he accompanied Captain Cook on his circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to Australia, and yet a true picture of Banks' long life has never merged from the mass of papers left at his death. This masterly new biography, which makes full use of Banks' letters and journals, some hitherto unknown, brings from the shadows a man of enduring importance. ***Honours showered on Banks - President of the Royal Society, Baronet, Privy Counsellor, Order of the Bath - yet neither wealth nor respectability dulled his prodigious energy and zest for new ideas. As a young man he sailed on expeditions to North America and Iceland as well as the Pacific, in later years he was instrumental in establishing Kew Gardens as the greatest botanical centre in the world, and he used his influence at Court and in society to further the careers of many others. He was also an indefatigable correspondent, his circle of associates - Curvier, Watt, Samuel Johnson and Gibbon among them - being probably more extensive than any other important figure of his time. ***Far from being merely the Colossus of Science traditionally imagined, Joseph Banks emerges here as a cheerful, forthright, hospitable man whose true genius lay in promoting the enthusiasms of others. His legacy survives not in his magnificent Florilegium, the record of his botanizing in the South Seas, but in the development of the Australian continent and in the tenor and tradition of subsequent scientific enquiy. ***Patrick O'Brian's many books include the Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels about the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars, described in The Times Literary Supplement as "a brilliant achievement", several volumes of short stories, a biography of Picasso, and distinguished translations of Simone de Beauvoir, Andre Maurois and Jacques Soustelle.' (Quote from inside front and back of jacket blurb). ***Scarce. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Bookseller Inventory # 2211