"The War was lost; not finished, but lost. Everyone knew it, from Generals of Division to the whores of Lisbon: that the British were trapped, trussed, ready for cooking, and all Europe waited for the master chef himself, Bonaparte, to cross the mountains and put his finishing touch to the roast. Then, to ass insult to imminent defeat, it seemed that the small British army was not worthy of the great Bonaparte's attention. The war was lost."
FIRST EDITION of Cornwell's second published book in the Sharpe series on the Napoleonic Wars.
Set in August 1810 during the Peninsular War and featuring the destruction of Almeida. Although it is Cornwell's second book in the series, it is the ninth book chronologically in the fictional epic. London: Harper Collins, 1981. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket price-clipped, otherwise fine.
Price: $300 .