O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Fortune of War. London: Collins, 1979.
8vo. Original blue cloth, lettering in gilt to spine; with dust wrapper; pp. 279, [i]; a little fading to edges of cloth, spine ever-so-slightly pushed; wrapper unclipped, and in fine condition, with price to inner flap crossed out in pen.
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.