CORNWELL, Bernard SHARPE series
Title: Sharpe's Escape : Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed.
Publisher:  HarperCollins, London, 2004, ISBN:0007120133
Seller ID: 75078
CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Escape : Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810. (London): HarperCollins Publishers, (2004). First UK Printing. Pp.(10),-351,(7). Illustrated with maps. 8vo, black cloth with gilt letter ing to spine. Bernard Cornwell, OBE (b. February 23, 1944, London). "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. Hisjob as Captain of the Light Company is under threat froma better connected officer and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferrag us, who has devised a simple way of ingratiating himself with the French invaders who, he is certain, will be Portugal's new rulers. But Ferragus has not reckoned on Sharpe who, discarded by his regiment, wages a private war against Ferragus, a war fought through and beneath the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city. Sharpe's enemies are numerous but by his side he has Sergeant Harper, the Portuguese officer Jorge Vicente, and a prickly English governess whose first aim is to clean up Sharpe's language. The rivalry will take Sharpe and Ferragus south towards Lisbon, towards the trap that Lord Wellington has set, to the place where the French must be stopped; the massive lines of Torres Vedras. There, beneath the British guns, Sharpe will meet all his enemies in a swirling, bitterskirmish: there the French threat to Lisbon ends." - from the dj. Very goo d in clean, crisp, unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Cornwell on the title page. 40.00