First edition, first issue of Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser, published by Herbert Jenkins in 1969.
Octavo, 256pp. Red cloth, title stamped in silver on spine. Stated “First Published 1969” on copyright page, with no additional printings mentioned. Faint foxing to outer edge of text block, dust remnant along top edge, a near fine example. In the publisher’s near fine dust jacket, 25s retail price on front flap, light sunning to spine, spot of wear at top edge of spine, bright illustrations, an attractive example.
George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008) based the idea of Flashman on the original character created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown’s School Days, published in 1857. The Flashman character was a fictionalized look at the 19th century British Army, but Fraser was always praised for his historical accuracy in portraying real world events. By the time of his death in 2008, Fraser published twelve Flashman novels, including: Flashman (1969), Royal Flash (1970), Flash for Freedom! (1971), Flashman at the Charge (1973), Flashman in the Great Game (1975), Flashman’s Lady (1977), Flashman and the Redskins (1982), Flashman and the Dragon (1985), Flashman and the Mountain of Light (1990), Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (1994), Flashman and the Tiger (1999) and Flashman on the March (2005).