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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"The relationship [between Aubrey and Maturin]...is about the best thing afloat....For Conradian power of description and sheer excitement there is nothing in naval fiction to beat the stern chase as the outgunned Leopard staggers through mountain waves in icy latitudes to escape the Dutch seventy-four."?Stephen Vaughan, ObserverCommissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and 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 mountain seas, the Dutchman closes...
Product Description: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and 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 which decimates the crew. The ingredients of a wonderfully powerful and dramatic O'Brian novel are heightened by descriptive writing of rare quality. Nowhere in contemporary prose have the majesty and terror of the sea been more effectively rendered than in the thrilling chase through an Antarctic storm in which Jack's ship, under-manned and out-gunned, is the quarry not the hunter.
Title: Desolation Island
Publisher: Chelsea Manor, Michigan, U.S.A.: Stein & Day Pub
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
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