Complete Poems of Robert Frost
First Edition, Second Impression
Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1953
Signed Full Leather Binding by Bayntun - Riviere
Near FINE Condition
Binding Details: Signed Bayntun-Riviere binding featuring full leather polished calf boards with elaborate gilt decorations and titling to the spine in a red polished calf tile as well as five raised spine hubs. There are doubled ruled boards, edge and inner dentelles, gold gilted page ends and marbled endpapers. The Bayntun Riviere binders stamp appears on the top of the first free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published in 1951 by Jonathan Cape, London, this is the first edition, second impression released by the same publisher in 1953. One of the most celebrated poets in America, Robert Frost was an author of searching and often dark meditations on universal themes. In a 1970 review of The Poetry of Robert Frost, the poet Daniel Hoffman describes Frost’s early work as “the Puritan ethic turned astonishingly lyrical and enabled to say out loud the sources of its own delight in the world," and comments on Frost’s career as the “American Bard”: “He became a national celebrity, our nearly official poet laureate, and a great performer in the tradition of that earlier master of the literary vernacular, Mark Twain.” About Frost, President John F. Kennedy, at whose inauguration the poet delivered a poem, said, “He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding.”
Robert Frost won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times (1924, 1931, 1937 and 1943) and is one of three poets awarded the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
The book measures 7.75” x 5.25” with 504 pages that includes an index, author’s preface, and index of first lines.
Condition Report: The binding is in Near FINE condition with some superficial surface wear and minor shading toward the top of the front cover and along the spine edge. The binding is tight with secure hinges. The leather remains whole and supple. Internally, the text is very clean with no foxing. Overall, this is a beautiful signed Bayntun - Riviere binding that houses the works of one of the great poets of the twentieth century.
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