February 18, 2021 10:00 EST

Books & Manuscripts

 
  Lot 89
 

89

[Literature] Frost, Robert
A Boy's Will

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. First edition, second state (with "And" in last line of page 14), one of only 750 copies printed. 8vo. 63 pp. Inscribed: "Robert Frost/May 25 1916-the/news from the front continuing/indifferent to bad." on front free endpaper. Book-plate of Mary Walter Cooper on front paste-down with inscription above same-presumably in Cooper's hand-"Bought at the Allies Bazaar/June 3rd 1916." Presumably, Frost was asked to inscribe, and possibly donate, this book, as well as a copy of "North of Boston," to the Allied Bazaar, which was held a week after his dated inscriptions, to help raise funds for the war effort. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt, boards severely spotted from damp (interior not affected); top edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed; old review of a Frost biography laid in to rear endpapers, slight offsetting from same. Crane A2.1 Together with: Frost, Robert North of Boston New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1915. Reprint of the First American edition (December, 1915). 8vo. 137 pp. Inscribed: "Speaking of intervention on our part now/(May 25, 1916) to end the war, see line 14 on/page 66./Robert Frost/Franconia N.H." on front free endpaper. There is a small check--presumably in Frost's hand--next to said line: "He says the best way out is always through." There is also a 3/4 in. tear in the top edge of this leaf, presumably from repeated readings of Frost's line from his direction. The inscription appears to be a continuation of the one in "A Boy's Will". Book-plate of Mary Walter Cooper on front paste-down. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt; top edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed; very small newspaper clipping pasted on front free endpaper, far below Frost's inscription; text from front panel of dust-jacket mounted on rear paste-down. A near-fine copy. Crane A3.2.

Sold for $1,134
Estimated at $800 - $1,200


 

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. First edition, second state (with "And" in last line of page 14), one of only 750 copies printed. 8vo. 63 pp. Inscribed: "Robert Frost/May 25 1916-the/news from the front continuing/indifferent to bad." on front free endpaper. Book-plate of Mary Walter Cooper on front paste-down with inscription above same-presumably in Cooper's hand-"Bought at the Allies Bazaar/June 3rd 1916." Presumably, Frost was asked to inscribe, and possibly donate, this book, as well as a copy of "North of Boston," to the Allied Bazaar, which was held a week after his dated inscriptions, to help raise funds for the war effort. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt, boards severely spotted from damp (interior not affected); top edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed; old review of a Frost biography laid in to rear endpapers, slight offsetting from same. Crane A2.1 Together with: Frost, Robert North of Boston New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1915. Reprint of the First American edition (December, 1915). 8vo. 137 pp. Inscribed: "Speaking of intervention on our part now/(May 25, 1916) to end the war, see line 14 on/page 66./Robert Frost/Franconia N.H." on front free endpaper. There is a small check--presumably in Frost's hand--next to said line: "He says the best way out is always through." There is also a 3/4 in. tear in the top edge of this leaf, presumably from repeated readings of Frost's line from his direction. The inscription appears to be a continuation of the one in "A Boy's Will". Book-plate of Mary Walter Cooper on front paste-down. Original blue cloth, stamped in gilt; top edge trimmed, other edges untrimmed; very small newspaper clipping pasted on front free endpaper, far below Frost's inscription; text from front panel of dust-jacket mounted on rear paste-down. A near-fine copy. Crane A3.2.

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