"I AM OVERTIRED / OF THE GREAT HARVEST I MYSELF DESIRED": AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE RARE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF FROST'S SECOND PUBLISHED BOOK, NORTH OF BOSTON, INSCRIBED BY FROST IN THE YEAR AFTER PUBLICATION
FROST, Robert. North of Boston. London: David Nutt, 1914. Octavo, original olive cloth, uncut. Housed in custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase.
Rare first edition, first issue of Frost's second published book, in the very rare Binding A, inscribed by him in black ink on the front free endpaper: "With real regard, Robert Frost, May 15, 1915." Also with two small corrections to the text in Frost's hand.
This volume represents a pinnacle of Frost's career, containing such classic poems as "Mending Wall," "The Death of the Hired Man," "Home Burial," and "The Wood-pile." Of it, Frost wrote, "I had some character strokes I had to get in somewhere and I chose a sort of eclogue form for them. Rather I dropped into that form. And I dropped to an everyday level of diction that even Wordsworth kept above… I think I have made poetry. The language is appropriate to the virtues I celebrate" (Thompson 428). Frost made two corrections to his poem "Mending Wall" on page 11. The London edition precedes all American editions. "The first edition, first issue of North of Boston appears in five binding variants distributed over a period of eight years" (Crane, 14). This copy in the first-issue Binding A, in coarse grass-green cloth with blind rule around all four sides. Of the 1000 copies of the first edition, approximately 350 copies were bound in Binding A. This is the most desirable of the first edition bindings. Issued without dust jacket. Crane A3. Evidence of bookplate; manuscript catalogue description of this book laid in.
A lovely inscribed copy in fine condition.