Library

Collected Poems (1930)

Note:  This is a separate work from the 1939 and 1942 editions titled also Collected Poems.  See the data sheets for those works for details of our holdings.

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1930
First printing (limited signed issue of 1,000 copies, with a misprint on line 8, p. 128, “laces” [should read “faces”]), printed by the Spiral Press.  6 copies.
* Copy 1 is no. 567; signed by Frost on the half-title.  Purchased.
* Copy 2 is no. 423; signed by Frost on the half-title, and later (in a different ink) inscribed to George F. Whicher (Class of 1910) “much herein personally”; in the same ink, below the colophon, Frost has quotes one line in “The Fear” (“A robber wouldn’t have his family with him”) and adds the note: “LIne improvised and decided on when reading in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, January 17, 1930”; then adds: “Good Hours, p. 128, l. 8 should be ‘Of youthful forms and youthful faces.’”; with Whicher’s bookplate.  Gift of the Estate of George F. Whicher.
* Copy 3 is no. 679; signed by Frost on the half-title, and later (in a different ink) inscribed for Martin K. Howes (Class of 1926), May 7, 1938, with the full text of “Happiness Makes Up in Height What It Lacks in Length” written out on the front free endpaper.  Gift of the Estate of Martin K. Howes.
* Copy 4 is unnumbered, but signed by Frost on the half-title; in a slightly variant binding (cloth slightly lighter in shade and slightly smoother; label on spine 51 mm tall rather than 49 mm); one of 29 copies so bound (in 1940?) and offered for sale early in 1941 by The House of Books; with the bookplate of Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955).  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
* Copy 5 is no. 225; signed by Frost on the half-title, and later (in a different ink) inscribed to Ada Snell, Amherst, March 4, 1933, with the full text of “Afterflakes” (here titled “Snow Falling after It Clears” and with several substantive variants in the final stanza) written out on p. [1]; accompanied by a copy of the facsimile of Frost’s “Departmental,” an envelope, and a photocopy of three poems (two ts., one ms. but not in Frost’s hand), possibly a handout for a reading (accompanying items removed and placed file with call number: File RFA 30 1930 c.5 add).  Gift of Calvert H. Crary (Class of 1930).
* Copy 6 is no. 958; signed by Frost on the half-title, and (in a different ink) inscribed by him to Hugo Saglio (Class of 1930) “to defend and enjoy”; this copy is unopened; accompanied by two pieces of laid paper (very similar to the endpapers) in the shape of dust-jacket flaps, though no dust jacket is recorded for this printing (removed and placed in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930 c.6 flaps).  Gift of Hugo T. Saglio.
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30
1930a
Trade edition, first printing, U.S. issue (with “First Trade Edition” on verso of title leaf).  5 copies.
* Copy 1 is inscribed by Frost on the title page for William Pingry Bigelow (Class of 1889), Christmas 1930, with the sentiment “One had to be versed in country things”; a clipped review of the book by Genevieve Taggard (from the New York Herald Tribune; with a woodcut portrait of Frost by Bertrand Zadig) was mounted on the inside front cover and has mostly been removed and place in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930a c.1 add.  Gift of Jane B. Bigelow.
* Copy 2 is inscribed by Frost on the front free endpaper to Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955), with the full text of “The Courage to Be New”; with dust jacket (split down the spine); with Hagstrom’s bookplate and ownership signature dated October 26, 1953; the jacket and a memo slip with the address of R. V. Thornton in Frost’s hand have been removed and placed in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930a c.2 add.  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
* Copy 3 is from the library of E. Porter Dickinson; with dust jacket.  Gift of E. Porter Dickinson.
* Copy 4 is inscribed by Frost for George F. Whicher (Class of 1910); with defective dust jacket (lacking spine), removed and placed in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930a c.4 add.  Gift of the Estate of George F. Whicher.
* Copy 5 has the signature of E. Merrill Root (Class of 1917), Richmond, Indiana, 1930.  Gift of Mrs. E. Merrill Root.
* Copy 6 is inscribed by Frost to Hugo Saglio (Class of 1931), dated 1931, with 8 lines from “The Trial by Existence”; with Saglio’s bookplate.  Gift of Hugo T. Saglio.
RFA
30
1930aa
Trade edition, first printing, U.K. issue (with the date “1930” in the title-page imprint, and the publisher’s addresses on p. [2]; these leaves are integral to the gathering.  A U.K. issue of a later, probably second, printing has a cancel title leaf with no date in the imprint, and blank p. [2] on an integral leaf).  2 copies.
* Copy 1 is inscribed by Frost to George F. Whicher (Class of 1910), 1945; in dust jacket.  Gift of the Estate of George F. Whicher.
* Copy 2 is inscribed by Frost for Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955): “this edition by a publisher I only had a short time over there in passing”; with a defective dust jacket, removed and placed in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930aa c.2 add.  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
RFA
30
1930b
Trade edition, second printing (with “Second Printing” on verso of title leaf; in this and subsequent printings, the error “laces” in line 8 of p. 128 is corrected to “faces”).  1 copy.
* Copy 1.  With the bookplate of Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955).  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
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30
1930c
Trade edition, third printing (with “Third Printing” on verso of title leaf).  1 copy.
* Copy 1.  With the bookplate of Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955).  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
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30
1930d
Trade edition, fourth printing (with “Fourth Printing” on verso of title leaf).  3 copies.
* Copy 1 has the bookplate of Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955).  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
* Copy 2 is inscribed by Frost for James Wells, 1933, with the full text of “On a Bird Singing in Its Sleep” (with substantive variants from the published text) on the verso of the portrait; in dust jacket.  Gift of the Estate of Martin K. Howes (Class of 1926).
* Copy 3 is inscribed by Frost to Earl Robinson (Class of 1934), Amherst, June 1934, with one line from “Birches; with Robinson’s notes about the circumstances of the inscription.  Gift of H. Linnea Robinson.
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30
1930e
Trade edition, fifth printing (with “Fifth Printing | N. R. A.” on verso of title leaf, indicating a date post-1933).  1 copy.
* Copy 1.  Signed by Frost, with the quotation of one line from “Mowing,” July 1936; in a dust jacket probably dating from 1930 — it may have been married to the copy later, or may have been part of the publisher’s stock; copies of the sixth printing from the publisher’s stock have two different dust jackets.  Purchased.
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30
1930ea
U.K. issue, of a later printing (perhaps the fifth; Holt records indicate sheets were shipped to Longman in April 1935; with cancel title leaf, having no date in the imprint; p. [2] is integral and does not have the U.K. publisher’s addresses; the error on p. 128 has been corrected).  1 copy.
* Copy 1.  Inscribed by Frost, probably for Harold J. Baily (Class of 1908), with four lines from “The Demiurge’s Laugh”; the last line has significant differences from the published version; in dust jacket.  Gift of Mrs. Harold J. Baily.
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30
1930f
Trade edition, sixth printing (with “Sixth printing, December, 1936” on verso of title leaf).  Copies are known with two variant dust jackets: one with the publisher’s address “One Park Avenue” and prices given for the titles listed; the other with the address “257 Fourth Avenue” and no prices.  Holt moved from 1 Park Avenue during 1936.  Since copies with both jackets came from Holt’s unsold stock in 1990, it seems that both variants were issued on copies of this printing.   6 copies.
* Copy 1 has the bookplate of Jack W. C. Hagstrom (Class of 1955); in an unpriced dust jacket.  Gift of Jack W. C. Hagstrom.
* Copy 2 is from the library of Newton F. McKeon (Class of 1926), with a priced dust jacket (defective; removed and placed in file with call number: File RFA 30 1930f c.3 dj).  Gift of Mary Maury McKeon.
* Copies 3-6 are unsold copies that were still in the publisher’s stock in 1990; the dust jackets on copies 3-4 are unpriced; on copies 5-6 they are priced.  Curiously, copy 6 is signed by Frost, dated St. Louis, 1937, on the front free endpaper (the other copy from the stock with this dust jacket was not signed).  Gift of Henry Holt and Co.