FROST'S FIRST BOOK, IN
EXTREMELY RARE FIRST-ISSUE BINDING
A Boy's Will
"Perhaps it is best hinted
by stating that the poems combine, with a rare sufficiency, the
essential qualities of inevitability and surprise. We have read every
line with that amazement and delight which are too seldom evoked by
books of modern verse. Without need of qualification or a trimming of
epithets, it is undoubtedly the work of a true poet... Rarely today is
it our fortune to fall in with a new poet expressing himself in so pure
a vein. No one who really cares for poetry should miss this little book.
There is scarcely a poem of them all but will reward with a thrill, and
many of them will yield much more" -Review of A Boy's Will in The
Academy, September 20, 1913
FIRST EDITION, in the extremely rare first-issue binding
("binding A"), of Robert Frost's first book of poetry.
Frost was fighting against discouragement. Poetry had always been
considered a young person's game, but Frost, who was nearly 40 years
old, had not published a single book of poems and had seen just a
handful appear in magazines. In 1911 ownership of the Derry farm passed
to Frost. A momentous decision was made: to sell the farm and use the
proceeds to make a radical new start in London, where publishers were
perceived to be more receptive to new talent. Accordingly, in August
1912 the Frost family sailed across the Atlantic to England. Frost
carried with him sheaves of verses he had written but not gotten into
print. English publishers in London did indeed prove more receptive to
innovative verse, and, through his own vigorous efforts and those of the
expatriate American poet Ezra Pound, Frost within a year had published
A Boy's Will (1913). From this first book, such poems as 'Storm
Fear,' 'Mowing,' and 'The Tuft of Flowers' have remained standard
anthology pieces" (Britannica).
David Nutt, 1913. Octavo, original bronzed brown cloth with upper cover
title in gilt.
A little fading to spine,
otherwise fine. RARE. $12,000.