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Roads to Glory by Richard Aldington first edition 1930

Roads to Glory by Richard Aldington first edition 1930


London: Chatto & Windus, 1930


8vo., brown publisher’s cloth lettered in gilt to spine; upper edge stained brown; complete in the striking original dust jacket designed by Paul Nash (7s. 6d. net); pp. [x], 3-278, [vi, ads.]; end papers very mildly offset; perhaps a little creased along spine, but otherwise a near-example, the jacket a touch toned in places, with minor chipping to head/foot of spine and edges of folds; the illustrations retaining all of their brightness; a very fresh copy overall. 


First edition. Thirteen short stories based on his experiences in the war. 


Aldington was first sent to the front in December 1916, and during his time there wrote a number of essays and poems, though his experiences of gas in the trenches had a profound impact on both his life, and of course his writing. Alongside Images of War and Images of Desire, Roads to Glory was one of his first publications following his return home, and explores themes of fate, rivalry, and haunting regret. 


“We pass and leave you lying. No need for rhetoric, for funeral music, for melancholy bugle-calls. No need for tears now, no need for regret. We took our risk with you; you died and we live.”


This edition rare in commerce, especially so in the jacket. 

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