First UK edition, first print hardback of SHARPE'S ESCAPE - Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810, by Bernard Cornwell and published by Harper Collins Publishers, London, in 2004. Signed and inscribed by Cornwell on the title page. Jacket illustration featuring `An affair of Outposts` by James Prinsep Beadle. Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.
The book is in very good condition (clean black cloth boards and gold lettering on the spine) with minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing to top edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.
The twentieth instalment in the number one bestselling Sharpe series featuring Richard Sharpe.
"It is 1810 and the French are making yet another attempt to invade Portugal and push the British back into the sea by sending their largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. Facing them is a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington’s orders, and captain Richard Sharpe.
But Sharpe is in trouble. His job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Sharpe, discarded by his regiment, wages a private war against Ferragus – a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal’s ancient university city.
Sharpe’s enemies are numerous but on his side he has Sergeant Patrick Harper, the Portuguese officer Jorge Vincent and a prickly English governess, whose first aim is to clean up Sharpe’s language.
Sharpe’s Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena’s crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.
This is a classic Sharpe novel, with Richard Sharpe in his finest form reunited with Patrick Harper, and facing enemies on every side."
‘No one is better than Bernard Cornwell in describing battles large and small, howitzer fire, cavalry charges or bayonet attacks.' Evening Standard
ISBN: 0 00 712013 3
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First UK edition, first print hardback of Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810, published by Harper Collins Publishers in 2004. Signed and inscribed by Cornwell on the title page. Full number line 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2