11 October 2002
FROST, Robert. Dedication. The Gift Outright... Presented on the Steps of the Nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C. as Part of the Inaugural Ceremonies January the Twentieth, 1961. New York: The Spiral Press, 1961.
4o. Title printed in red and black. Original grey printed boards, Presidential seal at center of front cover; glassine dust jacket. Provenance: John Ciardi (1916-1986), American poet (presentation inscription).
FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, number 443 of 500 copies. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FROST TO THE POET JOHN CIARDI on the half-title: "To John from Robert. American par excellence." Ciardi, known for his fine translations of Dante, was a protégé of the thorny Frost and was his hand-picked successor as Director of the Bread Loaf writers conference at Middlebury College. VERY SCARCE INSCRIBED. Crane A40.
KENNEDY, John F. The Place of the Artist in Society. New York: The Spiral Press, 1964. 12o. Original printed wrappers. FIRST EDITION, one of 600 copies of Kennedy's address at the dedication of the Frost Library at Amherest in 1963.
CIARDI, John. In Ego with Us All. Offprint from: The Grecourt Review, Vol. II, No. 2, February 1959. 8o. Original printed wrappers. RARE OFFPRINT ISSUE, SIGNED BY CIARDI, probably one of 50 or fewer copies. (3)
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