O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Fortune of War. London: Collins, 1979.
8vo. Original light blue cloth, lettering in gilt to spine; with dust wrapper; pp. 279, [i]; ever-so-slight lean, spine marginally pushed and a touch sunned to head and foot, upper edge a trifle dusty, else near-fine, in unclipped wrapper in fine condition, save for one small nick to head and a small patch of rubbing to foot.
First edition of the sixth Aubrey-Maturin novel.
This novel sees Captain Jack Aubrey arrive in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to command the fastest and best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel. In the meantime, the War of 1812 breaks out. O'Brian has included two lightly fictionalized accounts of sea battles during the War of 1812.