First edition of Flashman in the Great Game by George MacDonald Fraser, the fifth novel in the Flashman series.
Octavo, 336pp. Red cloth, title stamped in silver on spine. First edition statement on copyright page. Solid and clean text block, a fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, retail price on front flap, chip to top edge of rear panel, toning to spine, a bright 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).