It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.


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Patrick O’Brian’s navy : the illustrated companion to Jack Aubrey’s world  consultant editor, Richard O’Neill ; contributors, Chris Chant, David Miller, Clive Wilkinson  Salamander Books : London ; Philadelphia : Running Press, 2003  Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 160 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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From the moment that Master and Commander, the first of Patrick O’Brian’s sequence of 20 novels about the 19th century British Royal Navy officer Jack Aubrey and his surgeon colleague Stephen Maturin, was published in 1970, critics hailed his work as a masterpiece of historical recreation.

This first full-color illustrated companion to the Aubrey-Maturin series explains the fascinating physical details of Jack Aubrey’s fictional world. An in-depth historical reference, it brings to life the political, cultural, and physical setting of O’Brian’s novels.

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Annotated drawings, paintings, and diagrams reveal the complex parts of a ship and its rigging, weaponry, crew quarters and duties, below-deck conditions, and fighting tactics, while maps illustrate the location featured in each novel.

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