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Reverse of the Medal

O'Brian, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 0393037118 / ISBN 13: 9780393037111
Published by Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: W W Norton & Co Inc, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. First US Edition / First Printing. The first five titles in the Aubrey-Maturin series were published in both the UK and US. No subsequent titles were issued until Norton published the Letter of Marque in 1990. The first US appearance for the remaining novels (from The Fortune of War through The Reverse of the Medal), was in 1994 as part of the Norton Uniform Edition. This is the true first US edition/first printing of the Norton Uniform Edition with the $22.50 price on the dust jacket (later issues show $24.00 or no price on the dust jacket), a first printing indicated by the number line down to "1, the list of titles through "The Wine Dark Sea" on the copyright page, and "11-94" on the rear dust jacket panel. Buff colored spine with "XI" at the bottom. The book is Near Fine with some very minor soiling to the front board and some slight spotting to the head of the text block. The mylar protected dust jacket is also Near Fine with just modest shelf wear and a minor bit of soiling to the top of the rear dust jacket flap. We grade our books conservatively to insure your satisfaction. Photos available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 081213001

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Title: Reverse of the Medal

Publisher: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title


"An overwhelming, outstanding novel...!"―Irish Times

Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., ashore after a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London criminal underground and in government espionage―the province of his friend Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a deliberate plot? This dark tale is a fitting backdrop to the brilliant characterization and sparkling dialogue which O'Brian's readers have come to expect.


Ashore between cruises, Captain Jack Aubrey is persuaded to sink some money into an investment scheme. Soon this innocent decision enmeshes him in various criminal and even treasonous enterprises, which threaten to destroy his entire career. Bad luck? A deliberate plot? Read this latest installment of the Aubrey-Maturin saga to find out.

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