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 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 none other than 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.Review:
‘The best historical novels ever written.’ (The Times Book Review)
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Book Description Collins, 1998. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9910070
Book Description Collins, 1998. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94102756
Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Darkened tan to the page edges. The free end page has been removed. Acceptable: a readable copy. All pages and the cover are intact (dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but notes cannot obscure the text. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006325651
Book Description Collins, 1998. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93681465
Book Description Harper Collins, 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near 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 # 5809
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, United Kingdom, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. Second British edition, first printing (full print run includes '1'), 1998. With original unclipped jacket (£16.99). Jacket has a little patchy edge/shelf wear and minor pushing to a couple of corners and to head/tail of spine. Boards are near fine with a hint of pushing/rubbing to head/tail of spine. Pages are clean and the binding is tight. Pages are a bit tanned. No other faults. A nice copy. All books described honestly and accurately. Paypal accepted. Bookseller Inventory # 002923
Book Description Harper Collins, 1998. Hardcover. 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 # 4281
Book Description Harper Collins, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Blue boards with silver titles to the spine. Clean Pages and firm binding. Jacket is not price clipped. 1st edition. Bookseller Inventory # 6020
Book Description Collins, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. vg blue ex-library (military) hard cover in vg+ price clipped dustjacket now in mylar. Library stamps to endpapers only. slight lean. No marks to dustjacket. pages lightly tanned on edges, Some minor blemished to back cover where tape held dustjacket. 284pp vg/vg+. Bookseller Inventory # 80269
Book Description Collins, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Tight and almost square, moderate markings and wear. Dust jacket is fully intact and bright, 2 tape stains on underside of spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 023056