The Hero - William Somerset Maugham 1901 - Hutchinson & Co., London - First edition, first state If James had learnt anything, it was at all hazards to think for himself, accepting nothing on authority, questioning, doubting; it was to look upon life with a critical eye, trying to understand it, and to receive no ready-made explanations

Somerset Maugham’s rare third novel about the return of a decorated Army veteran of the Boer war, one of 1,500 copies, and the first state with Maugham’s symbol upside down on the front panel and lacking the g in ‘game’ on the last line of page 129.

There was no American edition issued.
  One of 1,500 copies published on 3rd July 1901.

Reference: Stott,
A Bibliography of the Works of W. Somerset Maugham A4a.

Octavo (19.3 x 13.6 cm) pp. [4] 5-352. Title page blank embossed ‘With the Publisher’s Compliments’. Rebacked in publisher’s ‘Dahlia’ red silk-grained cloth, front panel and spine lettered in gilt, front panel blocked in gilt with author’s symbol. All edges cut.
  Condition: Very good, rebacked, with original spine laid down, spine with fading to gilt and spots to tail, soiling to top edge.   Ref: 108877   Price: HK$ 13,000