Incredibly rare first issue dust jacket
O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Far Side of the World. London: Collins, 1984.
8vo., original publishers green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; unclipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Barbosa; pp. [viii], 371, [v]; some light toning to the text block, else a fine copy in fine unrestored dust jacket.
First edition, in extremely rare pristine first issue dust jacket. The publisher initially printed the incorrect price on the jacket, and this error was resolved by clipping the jacket and applying a sticker for £9.95, which is found in most copies. Only a handful of examples survived with the original price, and those that remain characteristically fade to white along the spine.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, O'Brian was careful to reference true events with accurate historical detail, like all of the other novels in the series. For example, the USS Norfolk recalls the historical expedition of the USS Essex, which sailed in South Atlantic waters and along the coast of Brazil until January 1813 when Captain David Porter undertook the decimation of English whale fisheries in the Pacific. The following year, the ship sailed into neutral waters at Valparaiso, only to be trapped for six weeks by the 36-gun British frigate, HMS Phoebe and the 18-gun sloop-of-war HMS Cherub, where it was subsequently attacked. The ship resisted capture for 2½ hours, armed with only short range guns, despite fire breaking out twice and with many of the crew abandoning ship. The Far Side of the World was one of the main influences behind the 2003 film adaptation Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which starred Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey.
An incredibly rare copy of one of the most difficult Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin seafaring novels to source in fine condition.