FROST, Robert. New Hampshire. A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1923.
8o. Frontispiece and plates by J.J Lankes. Original black cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, top edge gilt, others uncut. Provenance: Earle Bernheimer (presentation inscription; bookplate with his manuscript explanation of its meaning; sold Parke Bernet 11-12 December 1950); Philip M. Neufeld (sold Christie's New York, 25 April 1995, lot 151).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 114 of 350 signed copies. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FROST TO EARLE BERNHEIMER WITH A 22-LINE EXCERPT FROM THE POEM "I WILL SING YOU ONE-O" which appears on pp.73-75. Also affixed is a 3-cent U.S. Postage stamp honoring Joseph Pulitzer. Earle J. Bernheimer was an avid collector of first editions and in 1936 began to send his copies of Frost's works to him for signing. The two men met in 1939, when Bernheimer visited Frost at Bread Loaf, armed with more first editions to be signed and a keen interest in acquiring a copy of Frost's first book Twilight. Bernheimer eventually persuaded the poet to part with the only remaining copy, as Frost was interested in the prospect of "really serious money" to help his family. Frost remembered the pain he had suffered when, upon giving the book to his wife Elinor in the hopes of marrying her, she cast him out and watched dispassionately as he destroyed his copy. Bernheimer's remarkable Frost collection, including Twilight, was sold 11-12 December 1950 at Parke Bernet, totalling $14,700 for the 225 lots.
New Hampshire collects some of Frost's finest poems, notably "The Star-Splitter," "Nothing Gold Can Say," and "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Frost won the Pulitzer Prize for this collection, explaining the addition of the Pulitzer postage stamp on the inscription leaf. Crane A6.