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FROST, Robert.
A Boy's Will.
London: David Nutt, 1913. London: David Nutt,, 1913. Octavo. Original brownish gold patterned cloth, titles gilt to front. Extremities lightly rubbed with a few very small dents, internally sound and fresh but for one minor stain mark to B1 near gutter, a very good copy indeed. First edition, first issue, Binding A, one of only 350 copies thus. This poetry collection was the first published book of Robert Frost. He was then nearing 40 and, although he had written much, had not found a conducive publisher in America. He had moved to London in 1912, hoping to find the scene more receptive to new poetic voices, and, with the support of F. S. Flint and other sympathetic Imagists such as Ezra Pound, managed to secure a deal with David Nutt, who printed 1,000 copies of A Boy's Will. Only about 350 copies were issued by Nutt, who went bankrupt shortly after the war. Frost in the meantime had returned to America at the outbreak of the war, and, bolstered by his London publication and its rave reviews penned by his Imagist friends, achieved the American beginning of his meteoric poetic career with an edition of A Boy's Will published by Henry Holt in 1915. The Nutt edition is however the true first printing, and this copy is one of only 350 of the first issue in the first binding.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]

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