O'BRIAN, Patrick Aubrey-Maturin 14)
Title: Nutmeg of Consolation. 1st US in dj.
Publisher:  Norton, New York, 1991, ISBN:0393030326
Seller ID: 96910
O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Nutmeg of Consolation . New York: W.W. Norton & Company, (1991). First American Printing. Pp. (10),7-315,(1). 8vo, blue cloth spine with grey patterned paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. The fourteenth instalment of the epic Jack Aubrey / Stephen Maturin series. "'The Nutmeg of Consolation' very nearly ends before it has properly begun. Wejoin Captain Aubrey, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin , and the crew of the Diane where the hand of Providence left them at the end of 'The Thirteen Gun Salute': shipwrecked by a typhoon and eking out a Robinson Crusoe existence ona remote island in the Dutch East Indies. They are in the process of cannibalizing the remains of their ship to fashion a new vessel when they are visited by Malay seamen, seeming Samaritans who turn out to be pirates. This treachery is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and now Aubrey, Maturin, and their shipmates are truly marooned. Their salvation lies, paradoxically, in the nesting habits of a seemingly insignficant bird, hirundo esculentia. In Batavia, Aubrey and Maturin secure a new ship, the Nutmeg of Consolation, to pursue their voyage. After a brush with smallpox and a deadly night chase through shoal waters, they arrive at last at the penal colony of New South Wales in Australia. In this grim outpost of legalized slavery, Maturin's Irish temper nearly provokes a diplomatic crisis, and an excursion into the natural wonders of the Australian bushends in a closen encounter with death." - from the dust jacket. Slightly c ocked, a bit smoky, small dampstain to bottom edge of final couple leaves (with small spot to p. 315 textblock proper), else very good in lightly nicked, unclipped dust jacket. 40.00