Devil of a Fix. 1st UK, in dj, signed

By: PALLISER, Marcus

Price: $70.00

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PALLISER, Marcus. Devil of a Fix. London : William Heinemann, 2000. First UK Printing. Pp (8),9-337,(7). Two-page map. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Second of the three Matthew Stalbone novels. "It is 1702, and in the lawless Carribbean sea young Matthew Loftus determines to captain hisship by honest trade rather than piracy and plunder. But his crew lust aft er the spoils that the fast, well-armed Cornelius can win, even his love, Abigail, doubts him.. Encountering an old man who chants endless numbers andincantations, he learns of a secret almanac that advances the science of n avigation. Falsely accused of mutiny and seeking pardon, Matthew embarks onthe cause of solving the Longitude, the lack of which wrecks hundreds of s hips and drowns thousands of seamen. But is the almanc what it seems?. Pursued by unprincipled merchants, duplicitous privateers and the English Navy through battles on the high seas and sinister perils on deserted tropical shores, Matthew struggles not only with navigational uncertainties but also with the venal motives fuelling commerce and war in the Caribbean. The passage is strewn with the reefs and shoals of treachery and falsehood, and beset by clashing currents of political trickery, patronage and ambition. Despite loss and injustice, through gales and sea battles, he sails his belovedschooner towards the great goal he has set himself." - from the dj. Fine i n fine unclipped dust-jacket. Signed (without inscription) by Palliser on the title-page. 70.00

Title: Devil of a Fix. 1st UK, in dj, signed

Author Name: PALLISER, Marcus

Categories: 70,

Publisher: William Heinemann, London, 2000,:

Seller ID: 82292

Keywords: NAUTICAL CARIBBEAN BRITISH ENGLISH FICTION LONGITUDE NAVIGATION,