BOYD, William. An Ice Cream War. London: Hamish Hamilton,1982.
8vo., original navy cloth lettered in gilt to spine; with the original pictorial jacket illustrated by Paul Webb, with black-and-white photograph of the author by Jerry Bauer; pp. [xiv], 3-370 [ii]; jacket clipped, slight fading to spine and mild shelf-lean; a touch rubbed to head and foot of spine and a couple of small stains to edges of text block; a lovely copy still, less faded to spine than is common.
First edition, boldly signed by the author to the title page.
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."