SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT FROST’S NEW HAMPSHIRE
FROST, Robert. New Hampshire. A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. New York: Henry Holt, 1923. Octavo, original black cloth gilt, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in a custom slipcase with the printed label from the original box laid down.
Signed limited first edition, number 125 of only 350 copies boldly signed by Frost.
New Hampshire contains a number of Frost's most famous poems: "Fire and Ice," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Frost, who lived much of his life in New Hampshire, said that he wrote the title poem, a poetic tribute to his state, in one night. "Using Horace’s satirical discourses, the Sermones, as a model, Frost composed a long poem that, according to Lawrence Thompson, 'scatter[s] friendly banter through a rhapsody of anecdotes, exempla, dialogue, self-appraisal, self-disparagements, epigrams, and proverbs.' By way of such diverse poetic modes he praises the economic self-sufficiency of New Hampshire" (Robert Frost Encyclopedia, 230-31). With four woodcuts by J.J. Lankes. This edition was published at the same time as the first trade edition. Without scarce original glassine and original white paper-covered board box; the original label from the box has been affixed to the side panel of the custom slipcase. Crane A6.
Faint evidence of label removal to lower corner of front pastedown. Fine condition.