This issue is a variant of But This War Had Such Promise (A Doonesbury Book) (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973 series) #[nn] [redesign 1979]. There exist further variants.
Dimensions of twelfth printing are 6⅛” × 8¼”. The words “a Doonesbury classic” appear above the title on the cover.
List of “Doonesbury books by G. B. Trudeau” ends with The Wreck of the “Rusty Nail.” List of “In Large Format” books ends with The People’s Doonesbury.
Title page with illustration. Title page art in redesigned book differs from that in book’s original design.
Garry Trudeau acknowledged employing Don Carlton as inker of Doonesbury (Alter 1990). Newspaper publication of Carlton’s work began “in early December ”; Carlton initially lettered the strip for only a few weeks before Trudeau resumed lettering the strip. After about a year of Carlton inks and Trudeau letters, Trudeau again delegated lettering to Carlton, and the arrangement endured for decades (Walker 2010, 30–31). GCD’s letters credits reflect that the time period covered by this volume appears to begin during the “few weeks” of Carlton’s initial inking and lettering stint, and appears to end during the year in which Trudeau lettered and Carlton inked.
Alter, Jonathan. 1990. “Inside Doonesbury’s Brain.” Newsweek. October 15, 1990. Quoted in Brian Walker, Doonesbury and the Art of G. B. Trudeau (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010).
Walker, Brian. 2010. Doonesbury and the Art of G. B. Trudeau. New Haven: Yale University Press.