The Wine-Dark Sea [Signed]

O'BRIAN, Patrick

Published by W.W. Norton, 1993
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Second Printing. Octavo; 3/4 blue-gray paper over boards, quarterbound in teal cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 261pp. Signed by O'Brian on the title page, above which he has crossed out his printed name. Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Wine-Dark Sea [Signed]
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hardcover

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O'Brian, Patrick
Published by W.W. Norton & Co., New York (1993)
ISBN 10: 0393035581 ISBN 13: 9780393035582
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Book Description W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Jacket illustration by Geoff Hunt (illustrator). Boards resist opening past 70 degrees -- as-new unread. The author has lined out his name to title page and signed immediately below; name only. States "First American Edition 1993," but the number line runs 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0, only. The numeral "1" being absent, we conclude this is a second printing. Unclipped jacket flap is priced $22.00; only William Waldegrave's notice from the Telegraph appears to jacket rear panel. If Mr. O'Brian had realized he was going to write so many of these things, he doubtless would have set the meeting of Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin at least five years earlier. As it is, the first six novels -- through "The Fortune of War" -- zip through the Napoleonic years 1800 to mid-1813, ending with the June 1, 1813 battle between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake. The 18th (!) book of the series, "The Yellow Admiral," then rejoins linear history as we know it, with the British army under the Duke of Wellington having just entered France from Spain, which (as every schoolboy surely knows) occurred in November, 1813. That means Aubrey/Maturin novels 7 through 17 -- including this one, the 16th -- take place in a kind of literary "Van Winkle time," during which the protagonists engage in what would appear to be a decade's worth of seagoing (and domestic) wartime adventures, while to those in the world around them, it appears that only five months have elapsed. In this case, a South Seas volcano explodes, Jack Aubrey endures an arduous voyage in an open boat and meets his adult black African son (previously unknown), while Steven Maturin tries to pull off a Latin American coup. All in 261 pp. Reduced from $280. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 007078

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Patrick O'Brian
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (1993)
ISBN 10: 0393035581 ISBN 13: 9780393035582
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, second impression (‘First American Edition’ stated, number line 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0), signed to the title page by Patrick O’Brian – signed examples of the Aubrey/Maturin novels are scarce. Fine: tight and square binding in sharp blue cloth and grey boards; bright, crisp and clean, presenting as unread. The unclipped dustwrapper is likewise Fine: bright and vibrant with vivid colouring; presented in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. A contemporary publisher’s promotional bookmark is laid-in. A lovely copy. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # J153

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Published by New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (1993)
ISBN 10: 0393035581 ISBN 13: 9780393035582
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Book Description New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1993. Advance Reader's Copy. 14 x 21cm. 261 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition. Signed by the author Patrick O'Brian on the titlepage. Though the Jack Aubrey-Stephen Maturin books can be profitably read separately, as fans know, together they read as one long, wonderful novel. This 16th installment (following The Truelove ) is no doubt the best chapter yet. In the early 1800s, Bluff Jack, captain of the privateer Surprise , steers his frigate across the Pacific to South America, around Cape Horn and into the Atlantic, taking French and American prizes, fighting off a Yankee Man of War and suffering dire eye and leg wounds for his trouble. Subtle Stephen, ship's doctor and British intelligence agent, almost pulls off a coup in Peru and must escape across the Andes, losing some toes to frostbite for his efforts. Favorite characters reappear here: Killick, Jack's crabby steward; Sarah and Emily Sweeting, precocious Melanesian waifs attached to Maturin's sick-berth; Sam, Jack's illegitimate black son and rising Churchman. The naval actions are bang-on and bang-up--fast, furious and bloody--and the Andean milieu is as vivid as the shipboard scenes. As usual, readers can revel in the symbiotic friendship of Jack and Stephen, who make for a marvelous duo, whether in their violin and cello duets or in their sharp dialogue. [From Publishers Weekly]. Seller Inventory # 91265AB

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