A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase. Robert Frost.
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase
A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase

A Masque of Mercy, the signed Limited Edition, #622 of 751 in the original glassine and slipcase

New York: The Spiral Press, 1947. The Signed and Limited issue of the first edition. Hardcover. Here is the signed and limited issue of the first edition, a pristine, truly fine copy still protected by the remains of the original glassine dust jacket and housed in the original slipcase. This copy is signed by Frost on the limitation page and hand-numbered “622” of 751 copies. Of this “blank verse dialogue” by Robert Frost, a contemporary New York Times review said “The humor of the masque is proportional to its seriousness. Reading it is a difficult delight. It is worth many readings.” (Sidney Cox, 9 November 1947) This limited and signed issue of the first edition is printed in black and blue-green on white laid paper and bound in quarter dark blue-green linen over tan laid paper boards with a gilt-stamped black inset front cover title panel. It was originally issued in a plain, glassine dust jacket and housed in an undecorated tan, laid-paper-covered slipcase. A Masque of Mercy was printed at The Spiral Press, New York, in September 1947. This copy is a lovely survivor. The binding and contents are simply flawless, with no fading, toning, wear, soiling, or previous ownership marks of any kind to either the binding or the contents. The flaps and faces of the original glassine dust jacket still protect the book; the spine of the glassine is gone. The publisher’s original slipcase is fully intact and near fine, with virtually no wear, marred only by a small, circular stain beside the opening and perhaps a hint of toning. Iconic American poet Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963), the quintessential poetic voice of New England, was actually born in San Francisco and first published in England. When Frost was eleven, his newly widowed mother moved east to Salem, New Hampshire, to resume a teaching career. There Frost swiftly found his poetic voice, infused by New England scenes and sensibilities. Promising as both a student and writer, Frost nonetheless dropped out of both Dartmouth and Harvard, supporting himself and a young family by teaching and farming. Ironically, it was a 1912 move to England with his wife and children – “the place to be poor and to write poems” – that finally catalyzed his recognition as a noteworthy American poet. The manuscript of A Boy’s Will was completed in England and accepted for publication by David Nutt on 1 April 1913. A convocation of critical recognition, introduction to other writers, and creative energy supported the English publication of Frost’s second book, North of Boston, in 1914, after which “Frost’s reputation as a leading poet had been firmly established in England, and Henry Holt of New York had agreed to publish his books in America.” Accolades met his return to America at the end of 1914 and by 1917 a move to Amherst “launched him on the twofold career he would lead for the rest of his life: teaching whatever “subjects” he pleased at a congenial college… and “barding around,” his term for “saying” poems in a conversational performance.” (ANB) By 1924 he had won the first of his eventual four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry (1931, 1937, and 1943). Frost spent the final decade and a half of his life as “the most highly esteemed American poet of the twentieth century” with a host of academic and civic honors to his credit. Two years before his death he became the first poet to read in the program of a U.S. Presidential inauguration (Kennedy, January 1961). Bibliographic reference: Crane A31. Item #004714

Price: $400.00

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