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Desolation Island

O'Brian, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 081282590X / ISBN 13: 9780812825909
Published by Chelsea Manor, Michigan, U.S.A.: Stein & Day Pub, 1979
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A remarkably well-preserved Near Fine/Near Fine 1st US Edition of the fifth title in Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" series. With the exception to some minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine the book is in exceptional condition with no markings, underlining, or marginal notations, no noticeable age-toning of pages, and appears unread. The mylar protected dust jacket is also in Near Fine condition with only very modest shelf-wear, a touch of bumping to the head and tail of the spine, and some very minor fading to the spine of the jacket. Overall this is the nicest of several copies of this title that I have seen. We grade our books conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Photos available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 110711001

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Title: Desolation Island

Publisher: Chelsea Manor, Michigan, U.S.A.: Stein & Day Pub

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, surgeon Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy—and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountainous seas, the Dutchman closes in.

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Captain Bligh (yes, the guy from the Bounty) needs to be rescued, and the Royal Navy has the perfect man for the job: Captain Jack Aubrey. With his friend and cloak-and-dagger expert Stephen Maturin in tow, Aubrey sets off for Australia. Several factors, including an attractive spy and a small-scale epidemic, conspire to change his plans, and before long his frigate is being pursued into Antarctic waters by a Dutch man-of-war. Five installments into the series, the Aubrey-Maturin story remains (to quote The Observer) "the best thing afloat since Horatio Hornblower."

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