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The Mauritius Command

O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

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ISBN 10: 000222383X / ISBN 13: 9780002223836
Published by Collins, London, 1977
Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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First Impression of the scarce fourth installment in O'Brian's Napoleonic-era seafaring saga. Publisher's forest green cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine lettered in gilt, wraparound pictorial dust jacket, repriced by the publisher 5.95. Near Fine or better (spine creased with tips bumped and lightly faded, slightly dusty top-edge); about Fine jacket (spine panel faded just a degree or two, but far less than usual). A very collectible copy. Cunningham A13a. In this fourth episode, newly married naval commander Jack Aubrey sets sail, at the helm of the 38-gun frigate HMS Boadicea, with ship's surgeon (and secret agent) Stephen Maturin, bound for the Indian Ocean, charged with taking two strategically located islands from the French. N.B. 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 # BB1541

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Title: The Mauritius Command

Publisher: Collins, London

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-

Edition: First Edition.

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A maritime adventure featuring Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Aubrey is ashore on half-pay without a command, until Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope, under a Commodore's pennant. He accepts the order but soon runs into difficulties with two of his crew - a drunkard and a mutinous captain.

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Ashore without a command--and on half-pay to boot--Jack Aubrey's prayers are answered when Stephen Maturin shows up with a secret mission for him. The two men have been ordered to the Cape of Good Hope. There they hope to dislodge the French garrisons on the islands of Mauritius and La Reunion. Alas, two of their own colleagues--a dilettante and a martinet--prove to be nearly as great an obstacle as the French themselves.

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