London: Harper Collins, 2000. [Historical Fiction] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.[viii]; 277; , blank. With battle plan and illustrated endpapers. Publisher's hardcover in dust-wrapper. Author's signature in black ink to title page. Signature obtained in person upon release. An as new/unread copy, warehoused by ourselves since publication. In chronological order it is the fourth book in the epic Sharpe saga. In this episode Ensign Richard Sharpe is returning from the British campaign in India (as covered in Tiger, Triumph and Fortress). It is late 1805, and his voyage could take him via Cape Trafalgar, so why not make an adventure of it? The greatest difficulty in writing this book, says Bernard Cornwell, was engineering the plot so that Sharpe was aboard a fighting ship of the Royal Navy (traditionally he would have sailed home in an East Indiaman, a merchant ship), but once that was solved Sharpe could give a capable hand in this, the greatest of all sea battles fought under sail. Item #56092
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