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.
It is still the War of 1812. Patrick O’Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage as fascinating as anything he has ever written. They set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade.
If they do not come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them. It is a commission after Jack’s own heart. Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence.
Aubrey has to cope with a succession of disasters – men overboard, castaways, encounters with savages, storms, typhoons, groundings, shipwrecks, to say nothing of murder and criminal insanity. That the enemy is in fact faithfully dealt with, no one who has the honour of Captain Aubrey’s acquaintance can take leave to doubt.
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Captain Jack Aubrey sets sail for Cape Horn, determined to intercept an American frigate before it can wreak havoc on the British whaling trade. As always, he is accompanied by intelligence operative Stephen Maturin, and as always, Aubrey has no idea of what his companion is up to. Another impeccably written adventure, by the end of which you should be able to identify a mizzen topsail in your sleep.Review:
‘…full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein… Patrick O’Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.’
James Hamilton- Paterson
‘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
‘Some of the liveliest and best naval stories ever written.’
‘All true lovers of the sea will find this a most enjoyable book.’
‘Aubrey has rarely undertaken a more hazardous mission or one more packed with exciting incident.’
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Book Description Collins. Book Condition: Good. A sound copy with only light wear. Overall a solid copy at a great price! All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Before placing your order for please contact us for confirmation on the book's binding. Check out our other listings to add to your order for discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # BOS-H-21b-00003
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 # 5323
Book Description Harper Collins, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Black boards with gilt titles to the spine. Clean Pages and firm square binding. Jacket is not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 3754
Book Description William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Jacket illustration by Arthur Barbosa (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Ex library, but only two discreet stamps on copyright page. Red pictorial jacket by Barbosa NOT as in stock image supplied by Abe, slight creasing and wear to top and bottom of jacket, spine slightly sunned, remains of old sticky label at base of spine, new endpapers, slight page yellowing, price clipped and replaced by publishers' sticker (£9.95p), internally clean and tight, overall a vg+ copy of this scarce O'Brian masterpiece. Photos on request. Bookseller Inventory # 000828
Book Description Collins, UK, 1984. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Ex-library ed. ffep removed. Library stamp on title page; no other marks. Usual browning for this ed. White cloth with no titles;library binding? DW vg in archival sleeve; no external marks; clipped. Gold 9.95 sticker. Photos on request. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 006539
Book Description Collins, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. Markings on half-title and rear endpaper, fep removed, tape stains on boards, slightly tilted, clean pages. Dust jacket is price clipped (though leaving the Collins £9.95 price sticker intact), small clipping to top corner of rear flap, tape ghost marks, slightly faded at the spine, in a clear protective cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 026673
Book Description Collins, 1984. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. fiction, ex-library cancelled stamp, browning page edges, all pages present, slight spine lean, scarce in any condition. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 013046
Book Description Collins, London, 1984. First edition. 8vo. 371 Pp. Cover ilustration by Arthur Barbosa Paper is sl. browned with sl. Staining to several pages. Previous owner's name on f.e.p. Green cloth with gilt titles and publisher's device & name to spine in illustrated dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 42475
Book Description Collins, London, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG+. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. First Edition. VG+/VG. 8vo. original green textured paper boards gilt (slight spine slant, cloth a little rubbed, a few small marks, corners lightly bumped, tiny prev. owner's name to corner FFE, faint tanning to paperstock) in dustwrapper (price-clipped, usual fade to spine, else clean & unworn); pp. 372 (last blank). A very good copy, The ninth Aubrey-Maturin novel. Bookseller Inventory # 015032
Book Description Collins, London, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: NF/F. First Edition. 8VO. A lovely copy of the uncommon first edition in pulisher's priceclipped second state jacket with publisher's price sticker . Pages starting to brown otherwise almost no wear to the book or jacket. There is a tidy owner's name and date on the front pastedown hidden by the jacket flap. Faint evidence of erasure on the title page. A bright superior copy. 371 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 29198