Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, 'High School Bulletin'. Edward Connery Lathem, Lawrence Thompson, Robert Frost.
Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, 'High School Bulletin'
Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, 'High School Bulletin'
Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, 'High School Bulletin'

Robert Frost and the Lawrence, Massachusetts, 'High School Bulletin'

New York, NY: The Grolier Club, 1966. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Gifted to the University of Michigan by Robert Frost III. "It rarely happens that the beginning of a literary career can be precisely identified. Seldom, too, is it possible to establish a comprehensive record of an author's earliest work as it initially appeared in print. In the case of Robert Frost, however, such documentation can be provided. It is based in part on his own reminiscences of pertinent circumstances and events and upon the survival, also, of a particular file of an amateur literary periodical of the 1890's. The publication in question is the Lawrence, Massachusetts, High School Bulletin, and the single known set of its issues for the period of Frost's association with the magazine was preserved...The story of Robert Frost and the Lawrence High School Bulletin is told in detail on the pages that follow..." (from introductory article, pg. 9) A study of the earliest published literary efforts of Robert Frost (1874-1963), the canonical American poet. With an introductory article by scholars Edward Connery Lathem & Lawrence Thompson, including facsimiles of Frost's earliest poems as published in the Bulletin of the High School he attended; facsimiles of the four complete issues (corresponding to the last four months of 1891) for which Frost was the Chief Editor; & an extensive section of notes. Large format hardcover in illustrated boards, a production of the venerable Grolier Club literary society & collection in NYC. The colophon certifies that this copy is from an (un-numbered) edition of 1200 completed in November 1966. On otherwise blank inner front cover is affixed a bookplate of the Library of the University of Michigan, with typed-in note that this copy is "Gift of/ Robert L./ Frost III." We presume that Robert Frost III is the grandson or great-grandson of the poet, we have not been able to verify him as the offspring of any of Frost's (mostly very ill-fated) children, but he is certainly a direct descendant, with even the same middle initial as the great poet. The connection to UM is also very significant, Frost was on its faculty during 1921-1927 here in Ann Arbor, the home he lived in was transported from Ann Arbor to the famous Henry Ford Greenfield Village Museum complex in Dearborn. A most interesting, indeed foundational, Frost collectible with rich association & provenance. In near-fine condition with mild rubbing & fading to front & back cover boards; mild wear at edges of same; small bumps with slight loss of paper at corners of same. Publisher's (or UM Library's?) clear plastic protective jacket with mild rubbing to surfaces; mild wear & a few small chips at edges & corners; one long, closed tear along most of outer back cover edge with several small closed tears therefrom at rear flap & lower left area of back cover. We have seen reference to a slipcase for some copies of this edition, it is not present here. Interior very fine with small circular stamp ("MIU") at blank area near middle lower edge of pg. 10; notation in pencil in blank area near upper left edge of dedication page stating "Spec(ial) Collection/ Gift of Robert L. Frost III" & similar notation with date of "1/7/1998" near upper right corner of blank page opposite pg. 94 (both of which we retain for provenance & scholarship); tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #4207]

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