"THE WAY A CROW SHOOK DOWN ON ME THE DUST OF SNOW FROM A HEMLOCK TREE": ROBERT FROST'S NEW HAMPSHIRE, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY HIM WITH HIS EIGHT-LINE AUTOGRAPH POEM "DUST OF SNOW"
FROST, Robert. New Hampshire. A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1923. Octavo, original half green cloth, gray-green paper-covered boards with gold paper label. Housed in custom half morocco slipcase. $13,000.
First edition, signed and inscribed by Frost, with his eight-line autograph poem "Dust of Snow."
Although the poem Frost has written out and signed appears in this collection under the title "Dust of Snow," Frost has used his earlier title for the poem, "The Favor," in his inscription. Frost had originally titled the poem "The Favor" because he regarded the subject of the poem as something that had come to him as a "favor from nature." The inscribed poem reads: "The way a crow / Shook down on me / The dust of snow / From a hemlock tree / Has given my heart / A change of mood / And saved some part / Of a day I had rued. Robert 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." With four woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. One of 5350 copies printed. Without scarce dust jacket. Crane A6.
Book fine. A most desirable copy, inscribed.