Paris: Henri Babou and Jack Kahane, 1930. 1st edition thus, the "Authorized Unexpurgated Edition". 1 of 300 cc [unnumbered]. 2 volumes: xii, 194; 212,  pp. 10-1/4" x 8". Original publisher's printed buff paper wrappers, glassine dust jackets; marbled paper chemise & slipcase. Gilt stamped lettering to exposed side of chemise. Bit of a age-toning & the occasional spot of foxing. Bookplate. Overall, VG+ - Nr Fine books in a VG slipcase, which shows some shelfwear & sunning. Item #46570
Death of a Hero is a World War I novel, Aldington's first, initially published by Chatto & Windus in 1929 and thought to be partly autobiographical.
The work contains extensive colloquial speech, including profanity, discussion of sexuality and graphic descriptions of the war and of trench life, which Aldington, a WWI veteran, proclaimed as true to life. However, at the time of publication, there was extensive censorship in England, with a goodly number of contemporary works targeted by the censors. When this novel first published by Chatto & Windus, Aldington redacted a number of passages in order to ensure the publication of his book would not be challenged, though, in consequence, he insisted that his publishers include a disclaimer in the original printing of the book noting the censor's effects.
Here, in this edition, the text is presented unaltered, as Aldington originally intended.