3 December 2007
THE PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
FROST, Robert (1874-1963). A Witness Tree. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1942.
8o. Frontispiece portrait. Original greenish-blue cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine; pictorial dust jacket (some light rubbing); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Maxine Tull Boatner (presentation inscription from the author); Harold Corbin (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, trade issue. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FROST on the front free endpaper with one of his most famous, and shortest, poems, "The Secret Sits": "We dance round in a ring and suppose But the Secret sits in the middle and knows Robert Frost For Maxine Tull Boatner 1942." The poem is printed on p.71 of A Witness Tree. Boatner was the author of several books, including A Dictionary of American Idioms, a subject close to Frost's interests. Crane A25.1.
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