"THE MOST HIGHLY ESTEEMED AMERICAN POET OF THE 20TH CENTURY": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF FROST'S COMPLETE POEMS
FROST, Robert. The Complete Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1950. Two volumes. Tall octavo, original dark blue cloth, morocco spine labels, uncut and partly unopened, original slipcase. $3600.
Signed limited edition, number 1265 of 1500 copies signed by Frost, praised by T.S. Eliot as "perhaps the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living," additionally signed by famed typographer Bruce Rogers and New England illustrator Thomas W. Nason.
"The most highly esteemed American poet of the 20th century… [In 1957] T.S. Eliot toasted Frost as 'perhaps the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living,' whose 'kind of local feeling in poetry… can go without universality: the relation of Dante to Florence… of Robert Frost to New England'" (ANB). Appropriately, then, the 80-year-old Bruce Rogers, when approached to plan this book, insisted on an illustrator "who knows New England and can turn out the simple, home-spun kind of illustrations which are required for the work of a simple, homespun poet" (LEC Monthly Letter). Thomas W. Nason, known as "the poet engraver of New England," was chosen to produce the numerous delightful wood-engravings in this edition. "Both Nason and Frost connected with and appealed to a broad spectrum of the American public through their imagery of rural life in New England" (Florence Griswold Museum). Without fragile original glassine. LEC 208. See Crane A35.