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    "The Road Not Taken" in Frost's Own Hand

    Robert Frost. North of Boston. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1925.

    Later printing of Frost's seminal second volume of poetry. Inscribed and signed by Frost on the front free endpaper with the closing stanza from "The Road Not Taken." Octavo. 137 pages.

    Original green cloth spine over green-gray boards with gilt titles. Uncut fore-edge and bottom edge. Housed in a custom quarter leather clamshell case with gilt spine titles. Moderate wear to the boards. Dedicatee's ownership signature above Frost's inscription. Front hinge starting but still strong. A very good copy with a legendary inscription.

    Frost writes in his intimate hand on the front free endpaper: "I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence / Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - / I took the road less travelled by / And that has made all the difference./ Robert Frost / For Eleanor Ober"

    Books with an inscription by Frost are rare, especially one quoting from his most famous and enduring poem. "The Road Not Taken" was first published in Mountain Interval (1916), the book that followed North of Boston. About this present work, Frost said, "I think I have made poetry. The language is appropriate to the virtues I celebrate." A rare and possibly unique chance to acquire the last stanza of one of the most beloved American poems ever written in the author's own hand.

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