O'BRIAN, Patrick. Treason's Harbour. London: William Collins Sons & Co., 1983.
8vo. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; in original unclipped dust-jacket with design taken from print entitled 'Isola di Malta' held at the National Maritime Museum, London; pp. 320; a fine copy, with only minimal pushing to head of spine; jacket creased along upper edge and along fold of front flap; spine a touch sunned; still very good.
First edition of the ninth Jack Aubrey novel. Set in Malta, this segment sees the captain's "small, sweet-sailing frigate" docked and undergoing repairs. The island, however, is swarming a ruthless network of Napoleonic spies, and Maturin must do everything in his power to avert sabotage.
The title is drawn from Shakespeare's Henry VI: "Smoothe runnes the Water, where the Brooke is deepe. And in his simple shew he harbours Treason."