Elephant Bill is John Howard Williams' account of his experiences with elephants in Burma during World War II. His full title, for the purposes of the book, is Lt-Col. J. H. Williams, OBE, but he was known as Elephant Bill. The book has a foreword by Field-Marshal Sir William Slim, GBE KCB DSO MC. It was first published in 1950, and this edition is the twelfth impression from 1956.
Elephant Bill is bound in plain green cloth, with the title, author and publisher written horizontally in gold on the spine. It is in excellent condition as it has been protected by the dust jacket, which is still intact. There is no bumping or tears on the boards or spine, with only mild shelf wear on the edges and slight creasing on the head/tail caps. The hinges are strong and the binding is tight, although there is a little foxing on the endpapers. Some yellowish staining is present on the title pages and frontispiece (a black and white photograph of a mother and baby elephant). A dedication to two sappers of the XIV Army is made and a foreword is included. A list of the many B&W photographs, drawings and maps is also included at the front of the book.
The page edges are a bit light-faded, but the faces are in clean condition. An exception is the one centimetre long tears, with creases, at the bottom of page 175-6 and the following photographic plate. The top of the page edges have been deliberately coloured grey by the manufacturer.
The dust jacket has the title and author's name, with a colour drawing showing the front view of an elephant emerging from the jungle. The back design has a rear view of an elephant disappearing into the undergrowth, while the spine has the title, author, army badge and publisher against a green 'jungle' background. The top and bottom edges of the dust jacket are torn and creased, particularly on the corners. The back of the dust jacket paper has heavy foxing. There is no blurb, but the front flap has reviewers' enthusiastic recommendations.