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Desolation Island

O'Brian, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 081282590X / ISBN 13: 9780812825909
Published by Stein & Day Pub, 1979
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. First edition/first appearance of this title in the US (pre-dating the 1994 Norton Uniform Edition). The book is in Very Good+ condition with bumping to the bottom corners of the front and rear boards and to the head and tail of the spine. There is some slight age-toning to the edges of the text block and one 10mm abrasion to the head of the text block. The book itself is clean and fresh without markings, foxing, or other discoloration. The gilt on the spine is still bright and fresh. The mylar protected dust jacket is also in Very Good+ condition with some wrinkling to the bottom corners and a couple of small closed tears (if you look closely). Overall the wrap-around cover art is still bright and--at most--only mildly faded. The price of $9.95 is intact. The front and rear flaps of the dust jacket show a bit of age-toning. Overall a very attractive copy of this 4th novel in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series. We grade our books conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Additional photos available on request. Please be sure to see our other US 1st editions of this series. Bookseller Inventory # 060110001

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Title: Desolation Island

Publisher: Stein & Day Pub

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Aboard a frigate crossing the stormy Atlantic, Jack, Aubrey and his friend Stephen Maturin, a saturnine Irish physician, become involved with a beautiful American woman being transported to Australia for espionage.


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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