Road to Samarcand, The: O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000) Road to Samarcand, The: O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

Road to Samarcand, The

O'BRIAN, Patrick (1914-2000)

Published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1955
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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First Impression (no further printings noted). Small 8vo: 255,[1]pp. Publisher's coarsely woven tangerine cloth, spine stamped in silver; pictorial dust jacket by Ralph Thompson. About Fine, square, tight and bright with one bumped corner and small light stain to back board, in about Fine price-clipped jacket with very brief edge wear. Publication date given as 1954, but released February 1955. One of only 5,000 copies printed. many fewer of which apparently were bound. King, Patrick O'Brian: A life revealed, p. 77. Set in Asia during the 1930s, Samarcand precedes by 15 years the first installment of O'Brian's masterpiece, the Aubrey-Maturin series but bears an important relationship to its development. Although the story takes place largely on land, as do the Aubrey-Maturin novels, Samarcand begins with an adventure at sea, with a ship caught in a typhoon. As with the many storms at sea in the Aubrey-Maturin series, O'Brian's creation of this storm sequence "displays a mastery comparable with that of Joseph Conrad." Writing under his birth name, P. R. Russ, O'Brian had early published three stories in the Oxford Annual for Boys involving Samarcand's Captain Sullivan and his companion, Ross. The last of these, "No Pirates Nowadays," appearing in 1940, is a prequel to Samarcand, according to King, which opens with the same characters aboard the same ship in the same general locale in place at the close of the short story. Note: 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 # BB1132

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Title: Road to Samarcand, The

Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis, London

Publication Date: 1955

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-

Edition: First Edition.

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