Caves of Ice: Diaries 1946 & 1947 - James Lees-MilneLondon: Chatto & Windus The Hogarth Press, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine, a little tanned and spotted on the verso. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Portrait to the frontispiece; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “James Lees-Milne’s wonderfully witty and evocative wartime diaries — Ancestral Voices and Prophesying Peace — described his perambulations around England on behalf of the National Trust, returning to London between trips to restore himself in more familiar or congenial company. Caves of Ice takes the story on into 1946 and ‘47, the wickedly cold winter of which is reflected in the title. Once again we find Mr Lees-Milne chugging up and down the country in his temperamental motor-car, calling on dilapidated country houses and their often eccentric owners. Back in London, he takes tea with Ivy Compton-Burnett and Margaret Jourdain (marvelling each time at their consumption of cakes), consorts with the Harold Nicolsons, the Pope-Hennessys, Sibyl Colefax, Nancy Mitford and the boisterous Randolph Churchill, makes gruelling trips to Sweden and Italy, and contemplates his own career with that self-deprecating wit and sense of the absurd that makes him so engaging, and so hilarious, a chronicler of his time. Combining learning lightly worn with social and literary gossip of the most compelling kind, Caves of Ice is also — in the words of A. L. Rowse, reviewing Ancestral Voices — ‘a contribution to the social history of the age’. It will reinforce Mr Lees-Milne’s reputation as the most vivid, original and tirelessly entertaining of diarists, and delight his army of admirers.”