A BOY'S WILL
Price: 7,500.00 USD
New York: Henry Holt, 1915. Crane A2.1. 750 copies. First state. The British edition printed by Nutt preceded this printing, but most copies were not released for several years after publication. This copy with some exceptional and fragile ephemera including an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED from William Dean Howells, with the envelope addressed and also SIGNED by Howells, to Henry Meigs dated Dec. 1915. In full: "Mr. Frost's letter is like his poetry and of the same gentle impulse. I thank you for letting me see it. Frost will go farther yet in his work." A pencil copy of Frost's letter to Meigs, presumably by him is included; it may well be the only surviving copy of the letter and though difficult to read does support Howells's assertion. Also present are pages 214-224 only of the August 1915 issue of THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY with Edward Garnett's important essay "A New American Poet" as well as a group of Frost's poems, the pages Frost would later refer to as his "American Send-off." Also, two TYPED LETTERS INITIALED and one envelope from Frost's American publisher Henry Holt & Company to Meigs dated 1915 and 1916 about Frost. In part, the earlier letter: "If we publish anything further by Mr. Frost...." The 1916 letter: "Mrs. Frost, who was with him, said the apples came and were all 'Frost-bitten' much to the delight of their children." Two 1915 newspaper clippings including a review and a poem Meigs convinced an Indianapolis paper to print. Occasional offsetting. First Edition. Meigs signature on endpaper and pencil notes throughout. Very Good in a Very Good dustwrapper with a rubbed and chipped spine, with noted ephemera. Rare!.