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Post Captain

O'Brian, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 039700804X / ISBN 13: 9780397008049
Published by Lippincott, 1972
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very Good in a Good+ dust jacket. First US Edition as indicated by no statement of printing on the copyright page OR dust jacket (the Second Printing is clearly stated on both the book and jacket when appropriate). The book is in Very Good condition with a slight spine lean and some intermittent spotting to the edges of the text block. The head and tail of the spine have minor bumping and there is a small area of fading towards the head of the spine but not affecting the gilt lettering which is still bright and fresh. The text itself is free of markings, foxing, or other discoloration. The dust jacket must be rated Good+ only due to two significant flaws. There is a 20mm by 20 mm (at the widest points) hourglass shaped chip missing from the head of the jacket but not impacting the title. Another 20mm by 20mm stain appears on the back panel (looks like a coffee stain?) but the text is still very visible. Other than these two flaws the jacket just has minor shelfwear and the occasional chip. Overall presents much better than this detailed description would suggest. SCARCE. We grade our books very conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Photos available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 041310001

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Title: Post Captain

Publisher: Lippincott

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the second book in the series. Patrick O'Brian is regarded by many as the greatest historical novelist now writing. Post Captain, the second novel in his remarkable Aubrey/Maturin series, led Mary Renault to write: 'Master and Commander raised dangerously high expectations; Post Captain triumphantly surpasses them.' This tale begins with Jack Aubrey arriving home from his exploits in the Mediterranean to find England at peace following the Treaty of Amiens. He and his friend Stephen Maturin, surgeon and secret agent, begin to live the lives of country gentlemen, hunting, entertaining and enjoying more amorous adventures. Their comfortable existence, however, is cut short when Jack is overnight reduced to a pauper with enough debts to keep him in prison for life. He flees to the continent to seek refuge: instead he finds himself a hunted fugitive as Napoleon has ordered the internment of all Englishmen in France. Aubrey's adventures in escaping from France and the debtors' prison will grip the reader as fast as his unequalled actions at sea.


As the first sentences of Post Captain roll off actor Robert Hardy's tongue, you know you're somewhere you've never been before: the high seas in the early 19th century. Hardy's rich rendition of Patrick O'Brian's 1972 novel, a follow-up to Master and Commander, starts with series heroes Captain Jack Aubrey and surgeon Stephen Maturin enjoying a brief period of peace. Soon enough, though, the Napoleonic Wars resume, and the seafaring adventures continue. (Running time: 4.5 hours, three cassettes) --Lou Schuler

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