11 October 2002
FROST, Robert. 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: Caspar W.B. Townsend (presentation inscription); Andrew E. Propper (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, binding A. A DOUBLE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FROST on the front free endpaper: "For Casper W.B. Townsend from Robert Frost Ripton Vermont July 29 1941." Beneath is Frost's second inscription, seven years later: "For Andrew E. Propper from Robert Frost Cambridge Mass April 11 1948." This is the first issue and the first binding, which was distributed by Nutt prior to his bankruptcy. 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.
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