Chronicles of Ancient Sunlight by Henry Williamson 1st 1951-69
London: Macdonald (1951-1969). All 15 volumes are first UK editions. This is a very good set with all volumes in their original dust wrappers. The wrappers in general are in nice condition. The books also are in very good condition albeit several of the volumes have foxing to the text block.
Williamson was a rifleman in the 5th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment, and was mobilised when war was declared in 1914. He also served in the Bedfordshire Regiment and The Machine Gun Corps. He had a long and distinguished service and was wounded on a number of occasions. He became dissolutioned with war and this influenced his writing.
The Chronicles of Ancient Sunlight is a series of 15 novels following the life of Phillip Maddison from his birth in the late 1890s till the early 1950s, based loosely on Williamson’s own life and experiences. It follows Maddison’s service in the first world war and in particular in ‘how dear is life’ and ‘A fox under my cloak’.