O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Ionian Mission. London: William Collins Son & Co., 1981.
8vo., original red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; with original unclipped pictorial dustwrapper showing detail from 'The Capture of the Badere-I-Zasser and the burning of the Alis Fezan by the frigate Seahorse, July 5th 1808' by Thomas Buttersworth; pp. [ii], 346, [ii]; a touch cocked and pushed to foot of spine else fine in wrapper which retains the £6.95 price; jacket a little creased and sunned to spine; still near fine.
First edition. The eighth historical novel in the Aubrey-Maturin series, this plot involving Greek islands, Turkish politics and piles of silver.
One of the most elusive title in this highly collectable series.