29 June 2005
FROST, Robert (1874-1963). A Boy's Will. London: David Nutt, 1913.
8o. Original printed cream wrappers; quarter morocco folding case with onlaid cloth and leather design.
FIRST EDITION OF FROST'S FIRST COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED BOOK. ONE OF A LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY FROST on the half-title: "Robert Frost 18." (Frost apparently numbered only 135 copies.) Second issue, with "and" correctly spelled on p. 14, and in the binding variant D. The book's publisher, David Nutt, went into bankruptcy after the First World War and the remaining unbound sheets were acquired by Simpkin Marshall & Co.
Frost, known for his poems of New England, was actually born in San Francisco and had his first two books published in England after a five-year stint trying to farm in New Hampshire while attempting to have his poetry published. A Boy's Will follows his first publication, Twilight, an 1894 pamphlet printed in two copies and of which only one copy is known. Three years after the publication of North of Boston, his second collection, Frost returned to New England, his reputation firmly rooted. Crane A2.
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