Regular port-swillers will know that I currently am taking a pre-Lenten romp through the Flashman Chronicles of George MacDonald Fraser.  I’ve polished off Flashman, Royal Flash and Flashman’s Lady so far and am just starting in on Flashman and the Mountain of Light.

As is always the case when I read these books, I have been tantalized by the bibliographies set down in Fraser’s endnotes.   This time, however, I have started to do something about it.  Thus, to that end, I have just tracked down and purchased The Expedition to Borneo of H.M. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy: With Extracts from the Journal of James Brooke, Esq., of Sarawak by Henry Keppel, one of the sources on which Fraser bases his account of Brooke’s 1841 campaign against the Borneo pirates (in which Keppel participated) that is one of the major highlights of Flashman’s Lady.

According to Amazon, this book ranks at #1,962,493 in its sales list, so I’m assuming there isn’t all that much interest out there in it, but I will let you know what I think.  For myself, I expect to enjoy it thoroughly both in and of itself and also as the first step on a quest that may well last me many, many years – namely, to read as much of the source material laid out in the Flashman Chronicles as possible.