London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of the second installment in the Flashman Papers cycle of eleven novels and a collection of short stories. 8vo: 261,pp. Publisher's scarlet cloth, spine stamped in gold, map end papers; wraparound illustrated dust jacket by A. E. Barbosa, lettered in white and yellow to front cover and spine, priced 30 / -. About Fine (very slight lean, top edge spotted); Near Fine or better jacket (very light edge wear, usual shrinkage of laminate at points, but spine panel unfaded). Fine- / Near Fine+. Item #BB1836
The Flashman Papers feature the fictional Harry Flashman, a cowardly British soldier set by Fraser in a series of real historical incidents occurring between 1839 and 1894. (The "original" Flashman is a minor character in the 1857 novel by Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's School Days.) Royal Flash is the only one of the series set in a fictional locale, enmeshing Flashman in the intrigue and court politics of the Schleswig-Holstein affair. (The actual British statesman Lord Palmerston is reported to have said: “Only three people have ever really understood the Schleswig-Holstein business—the Prince Consort, who is dead—a German professor, who has gone mad—and I, who have forgotten all about it.") N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).