London: Collins, 1973. First U.K. Edition. A quite presentable copy of the third Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novel, one that is usually encountered with the dustjacket badly faded. First Impression. Octavo; light brown paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 318pp. Fine in a very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with some minute wear at spine ends and a shade of sunning to spine.