Struck off the Navy List for a crime he did not commit, Jack Aubrey takes command of a privateer and begins a voyage which may, just may, restore him to the rank. Jack Aubrey is a naval officer, a post-captain of experience and capacity. When The Letter of Marque opens he has been struck off the Navy List for a crime he has not committed. With Aubrey is his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also an unofficial British intelligence agent. Maturin has bought for Aubrey his old ship the Surprise, so that the misery of ejection from the service can be palliated by the command of what Aubrey calls a 'private man-of-war' -- a letter of marque, a privateer. Together they sail on a voyage which, if successful, might restore Aubrey to the rank, and the raison d'etre, whose loss he so much regrets. Around these simple, ostensibly familar elements Patrick O'Brian has written a novel of great narrative power, exploring his extraordinary world once more, in a tale full of human feeling and rarely matched in its drama.
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When Jack Aubrey is unfairly deprived of his commission in the Royal Navy, Stephen Maturin comes to the rescue, purchasing the captain's former ship and outfitting it as a privateer, to be commanded by...Jack Aubrey. Soon the Surprise is off to sea, on a mission that Aubrey hopes will redeem his good name. The author's grasp of period detail is astonishing as ever--and so is his gift for pure entertainment.From the Inside Flap:
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The 12th installment in the Aubrey/ Maturin series.
The time is the early 1800s, and the British Navy stands as the only bulwark against the militant fanaticism of Napoleonic France. Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime his has not committed. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually acting as the ship's surgeon to cover his activities on behalf of British intelligence, has bought for Aubrey his old ship The Surprise to command as a privateer. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the French which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his disgrace.
From these familiar Patrick O'Brian has created a tale of great narrative power that rivals C.S. Forester for suspense, and surpasses him in its perception of character.
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Book Description Collins, 1998. Excellent. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st. Basic Details BuyByeBooks Reference:S200ab ISBN:0002231492 Book Title:The Letter Of Marque Edition:1st Published Date:1988 Cover:Hardback Price:£95.00 Stock:1 Postage & Packaging:D Contributors Author(s):Patrick O'Brian Publisher:Collins Illustrator: Physical Attributes Dimensions (H x W x D):22.40 x 14.30 x 0.00 Number of Pages:284 Dust Jacket:Yes Condition Cover Condition:Excellent Dust Jacket Condition:Slight Wear/Minor Tears Binding:Excellent/Tight Page Condition:Minor marks/yellowing/foxing Overall Condition:Very Good Categories Category(ies):Historical Fiction Images The Letter Of Marque Book Summary Summary:1st edition, 1st printing. Book 12 of the series. Additional Notes Notes:d/w a little edgy at top. Owners name sticker 2x4cm to inside front cover. Owners name in ink to first page, some ticks to list of titles on following page and Book 12 added to title. A tight clean volume and rare 1st edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 000161
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Book Description Collins, London, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Impression (no additional printings noted). Tall 8vo: 284pp. Publisher's French blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt (still brilliant); pictorial dust jacket illustrated by Geoff Hunt and priced £10.95. Fine and unread, page edges tanned (as often), else clean, tight and unmarked. Twelfth installment in the Aubrey-Maturin series of nautical historical novels-20 completed and one left unfinished-set during the Napoleonic Wars and featuring naval commander Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon (and secret agent) Stephen Maturin. This episode opens with the HMS Surprise in close pursuit of an American privateer in the South Pacific, while en route to deliver Maturin on a clandestine mission to Peru. Most of the narrative centers on Maturin's exploits inciting revolution against the Spanish colonial government in Lima. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1206