Patrick O'Brian (Ed) - A Book of Voyages (2nd Hand Paperback)
An anthology of 17th and 18th Century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O’Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth.
Patrick O’Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic travel writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. With his scholarly mind, editor’s eye, and traveller’s heart he brings together a series of thrilling seaward tales. Expertly chosen by O’Brian and prefaced with details that bring these extracts to vivid life, A Book of Voyages is a broad yet intimate portrait of what life was like at sea during a time of discovery.
This rare collection sheds a glorious light onto these accounts of seaward adventure. From why eating rats is necessary and how to powder your hair in France to how to truly face fear and distress during a terrifying sea passage, this collection is rich in travellers’ experiences. A Book of Voyages is a unique opportunity to not only accompany an adored nautical author as he digs up one gripping historical treasure after another, but to understand how he was inspired to write the Aubrey Maturin series for which he is so famous.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Travel & Guidebooks
- Published : 1947 (This Edition 2014 - Harper)
- ISBN : 9780007487127
- SKU : B002786
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Having read, and loved, all the Aubrey/Maturin books, I found A Book of Voyages, edited by Patrick O'Brian, intriguing. Wonderful tales (presumably true) of travels by land and sea; hardship, ship wrecks, amazing riches and high adventure. I can see why they appealed to him. They appeal to me, too. A wonderful journey into the past, told in its own words."
"If your curiosity is not instantly piqued to learn of a book called "Memories and Anecdotes of Philip Thicknesse, late Lieut.-Governor of Landguard Fort, and unfortunately father to George Touchet Baron Audley"; if you find boring the story of a Capuchin monk who explored the Congo in 1667 and slept with a tame monkey whose musky scent kept the rats away; and if you're not interested in reading first-hand accounts of the kinds of real-life sea adventures as O'Brian put in his fiction, this book is not for you." - Google Reviews.
Patrick O'Brian, CBE, born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and centred on the friendship of the English naval captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin.
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