How Dear is Life
The fourth book in Williamson's A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight
First edition, second impression, hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 336pp.
How Dear is Life (first published in 1954) is the fourth book in Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight spanning the years from the late Victorian period to the Second World War. It finds Phillip Maddison in the portentous months leading to the outbreak of war in 1914.Now a clerk in the Moon Fire Office, Phillip decides to join the territorials—attracted by the money, the camp near the sea, and the prospect of a new suit of clothes. As a glorious summer slips away war seems unreal; but the old world is in peril, and before long the British Expeditionary Force is setting sail for France.
A very good copy though the dustwrapper's spine is a little sun-faded.