Hard Cover. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1915. First Edition. Very Good.
First American edition, second issue, with "And" on page 14, in Crane' first state binding with fine linen cloth and white endpapers. Inscribed by Frost on the verso of page x with the holograph poem "Misgiving" and signed "Robert Frost / 1921". Publisher's dark blue cloth, lettered and ruled in gilt. Very good, with some light toning to the sine, some wear to the spine ends, light rubbing to the otherwise bright boards, fresh gilt, former owner's inscription to the front free endpaper, spine racked and holding at the half-title, bottom edge of the first few pages slightly chewed at the spine tail, otherwise clean interior. Overall, a clean copy with an excellent inscription by Frost. Crane A2.1. Frost inscribed this copy of A Boy's Will with the poem "Misgiving," which was not published in book form until his 1923 collection New Hampshire. This poem was first published serially in the Yale Review in January 1921 along with "Snow Dust," "The Onset," and "A Star in a Stone-Boat." Notably, Frost likely inscribed this copy of A Boy's Will slightly after the initial publication of "Misgiving" in The Yale Review. First published in London by David Nutt in 1913 only two months after Frost moved to Beaconsfield, A Boy's Will is Frost's first collection of poetry, most of which was comprised while he lived in Derry. It includes 34 poems, including "Ghost House," "Wind and the Window Flower," "Asking for Roses," "Waiting Afield at Dusk," "The Demiurge's Laugh," and "My Butterfly," among others. An immediate success, A Boy's Will established Frost's literary reputation, which was solidified with his 1914 North of Boston.