BOYD, William. An Ice Cream War. London: Hamish Hamilton,1982.
8vo., original navy cloth lettered in gilt to spine; with the original unclipped (£7.95), pictorial jacket illustrated by Paul Webb, with black-and-white photograph of the author by Jerry Bauer; pp. [xiv], 3-370 [ii];. Light compression to spine ends; a couple of small spots to outer edge, else fine in near-fine jacket which is sunned to spine; marginal creasing to edges.
First edition, inscribed by the author to the title page "with best wishes William Boyd".
Boyd's third book, nominated for the Booker Prize in the year of publication, set in East Africa where WWI continued for a short while after Armistice.
As one reviewer wrote rather scathingly, the "bleak comic vision suggests the early Evelyn Waugh, and An Ice-Cream War is a good enough novel, for all its flaws, to persuade me that Mr. Boyd, who was born in 1952, may someday write a great one."