FROST, Robert (1874-1963). North of Boston. London: David Nutt, 1914.
8o. Original olive-green cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine (slightest edgewear, generally a very fine copy). Provenance: Henry James Jr. (ownership signature on front free endpaper); William Stockhausen (presentation inscription, his sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, part II, 14 December 1974, lot 712).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, binding A. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FROST on the front free endpaper: "To William Stockhausen for keeps. Robert Frost. Dec 26 1960." As in the publication of A Boy's Will, approximately 350 copies of the first issue in the first binding were issued, from a total edition of 1,000. 150 copies were sent to Henry Holt and Company, the firm that would be Frost's lifelong American publisher. The remaining sets were distributed to various small publishers over the next decade.
Leading critic Edward Garnett reviewed the book in the Atlantic in August 1915: "It seemed to me that this poet was destined to take a permanent place in American literature." Two of Frost's most beloved poems, "Mending Wall" and "After Apple Picking," appear in this collection. Crane A3.