Signed copy, with message 'To Gordon, Best wishes', undated. Signed on 3rd prelim, after title page (with the author's printed dedication).
Published 2012, first printing stated; Paul Mould Publishing, UK & in assoc with Empire Publishing Service, USA, & also simultaneously published in Canada, Australia & Germany. A hefty p/b of nearly same size as a h/b, 560 pages, pagination incl prelims (nothing precedes the title page). Prelims incl 3 diagrams, sail pattern of a Frigate (Sixth rate), the Running Rigging on a Sail (Foresail), and the detailed points of the compass.
Historical novel, naval setting; era being Great Britain's wars with France/Italy etc, part of a series by this author set in the Napoleonic wars. This is 1809; a new Captain, holding command of his first ship, first captures a French frigate, but there is a rivalry with a flog-em-and-hang-em Captain of another ship; he must control his own crew, who are a motley bunch, and none too civilised, and there is his Admiral, who schemes to remove the Captain's family from their farm using the Enclosure Acts.
He is ordered to take an urgent despatch to Wellington, while his dilemma is that there is also a slaver to be found, chased & captured that has taken some Cornish families, including some of his own. There is also smuggling from Ireland to France.
Glossy card covers, illustrated from a painting, by David C. Bell (I assume it's a frigate) on the front. The picture is a little blurred. The book is bent slightly on rear cover at top outer corner and a few final pages likewise; a bit creased/bumped at lower corner; otherwise all excellent; binding tight, spine not creased, pages clean.