Selected Poems. Robert Frost.
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Selected Poems
Selected Poems

Selected Poems

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1926. First edition, second printing. Hardcover. This is the March 1926 second printing of the first edition of the first compilation volume of Frost’s poems. This copy is not only jacketed, but signed and dated by Frost, who inked the upper front free endpaper recto in three lines: “Robert Frost | Pittsfield Mass | October 10 1926”. The only other mark we find in the book, on the same page as Frost’s signature, is the ink-stamped name “Jeanette C. Dickie”. Selected Poems was first published in March 1923. The copyright page of this second printing of the first edition specifies “March, 1926”, preceded only by “Copyright, 1923”. This second printing of course precedes the second, revised edition of Selected Poems, published in November 1928. This volume was a lovely production, bound in a quarter dark green linen cloth with both print and a publisher’s device in gilt over green paper-covered boards impressed with a pebbled pattern and decorated with a recurring gilt wreath design. The contents are bound with cream endpapers and feature the top edge stained green and untrimmed fore and bottom edges. The dust jacket is printed on medium green paper, printed in dark green with a decorative ruled border and publisher’s device on the front face. Condition of this signed and dated copy is good plus in a fair dust jacket. The lovely but fragile binding remains square and tight, though worn through at the corners, with minor overall scuffing and soiling, and some fraying at the spine ends. The contents are clean with spotting and age-toning evident only at the untrimmed fore and bottom edges. The correct, second printing dust jacket is substantially complete, though significantly worn, with modest loss to the spine ends and corners, wrinkling and lesser wear to the edges, and a full split running the length of the front hinge. Consonant with the 1926 second printing date, the dust jacket front flap advertises publication of New Hampshire billed as “Awarded the 1923 Pulitzer Poetry Prize”. The first edition of Selected Poems was published on 15 March 1923. “Frost was originally against the idea of a volume of selected poems; he wanted his new books of poetry to have priority, and he believed reviewers would see such a collection only as a plea for attention. In contrast, reviews primarily praised Selected Poems and found the volume important as the first selection of his published work.” (The Robert Frost Encyclopedia, p.320) Eight months later, in October 1923, Frost published New Hampshire, which won him his first Pulitzer Prize for poetry. All but one of the poems in Selected Poems are selected from A Boy’s Will (1913), North of Boston (1914), and Mountain Interval (1916). The poem “The Runaway” is the only exception, having been previously published only in the Amherst Monthly. “The Runaway” was published subsequently in New Hampshire. 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. 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. There, publication of A Boy’s Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914) led to critical recognition. Accolades met his return to America at the end of 1914 and a 1917 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) Frost eventually claimed four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry (1924, 1931, 1937, and 1943) and 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). Item #005801

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