Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely hailed as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. All eighteen books are to be re-issued in hardback by HarperCollins with stunning new jackets.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, veterans of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior Captain commanding a line-of-battle ship sent out to reinforce the squadron blockading Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder war than the dashing frigate action of his early days.
A sudden turn of events takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek islands. All his old skills of seamanship, and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds, come triumphantly into their own. The book ends with as fierce and thrilling an action as any in this magnificent series of novels.
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London published FictionReview:
‘…full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.’
‘You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O’Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.’
Kevin Myers, Irish Times
‘I envy those who have never read Patrick O’Brian: an enormous pleasure awaits you.’
‘The Ionian Mission is witty, funny, erudite and exciting… a triumph’
Helen Lucy Burke, Irish Press
‘Cemented over the years and across seven seas by good writing and good humour, the friendship between surgeon and intelligence agent Maturin and that lion-in-action and ass ashore, Jack Aubrey, may yet rank with Athos/D’Artagnan or Holmes/Watson as part of the permanent literature of adventure.’
Stephen Vaughan, Observer
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001913557
Book Description Harper Collins, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Blue boards with gilt titles to the spine. Firm binding. Jacket is not price clipped. There is a former Owners stamp and name on the half title page (see picture) otherwise nice clean (unread) condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5814
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1998. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: About Fine. Geoff Hunt (illustrator). First Printing this Edition. Aubrey and Maturin return to the seas where they first sailed as shipmates, but to a harder war than during their younger days. A sudden turn of events takes them on a mission to the Greek islands, where Aubrey's old skills of seamanship and luck come triumphantly into their own. First published in 1981. New edition in 1998. vii, 354 pages ; 23 cm. Bright, clean, unmarked copy. Tight, square binmding, no wear to the cloth. Price-clipped dustjacket is very nearly similar. DJ illustration by Geoff Hunt. We ship Worldwide, use both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges based on our actual costs, without overcharging. Unpacked weight 570g. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 052428
Book Description Harper Collins, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Blue boards with gilt titles to the spine. Clean Pages and firm square binding. Jacket is not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 5508
Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. , 600grams, ISBN:0002223651. Bookseller Inventory # 6710075
Book Description Collins, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The scarce UK FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINTING Collins 1981 - very close to "Like New" very clean jacket a little faded to the rear no rips or tears and not price clipped showing £6.95 net no inscriptions block edges very good a little bit of a discernible lean but on a bookshelf wouldn't be noticeable just me being ultra critical very good collectible copy - pictures on request sent recorded delivery within the Uk and tracked overseas Thank you. Bookseller Inventory # 003881
Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Red hardback cloth cover. First Edition. 210mm x 135mm (8" x 5"). 346pp. With lightly rubbed dust jacket VG : in very good condition. Ex-lib. New fep. Library stamp carefully removed from title page, but some thinning to paper. Bookseller Inventory # obr15aa
Book Description Collins, England, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. An excellent copy in an unclipped jacket. The is a faint mark to the front free endpaper which has a hint of shadowing around the front hinge. Jacket is unworn but the top of both flaps has an insect nibble across the top to a depth of 1mm. Tightly bound, may not have been read. Nice copy of a very scarce title. Bookseller Inventory # 023694
Book Description Collins, London, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition; First Printing. Orange/red cloth titled in gilt. First British edition. Slightly cocked, textblock edge slightly foxed. PO blindstamp to title page, corners mildly softened. Tight binding. The DJ in mylar with flap price of 6.95 net intact is slightly edgeworn, mildly foxed/toned at flaps. ; 8.43 X 5.59 X 1.42 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 19945
Book Description Collins, London, 1981, 1981. O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Ionian Mission. L.: Collins, 1981. First Printing. Pp. 346. 8vo, red cloth. No.8 in the Jack Aubrey series. Near fine in dj. A very nice copy. 1,400.00. Bookseller Inventory # 23583