First Edition of Headmaster; Signed by John McPhee and Inscribed by The Headmaster Frank L. Boyden
Item Number: 3473
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.
First edition of the author’s McPhee’s book, which profiles Headmaster Frank Boyden of Deerfield Academy. Octavo, original green cloth, illustrated. Signed by John McPhee on the title page. Additionally inscribed by the subject of this work, Frank Boyden on the front free endpaper, “I will look forward to your four years here. Best Wishes Always Frank L. Boyden.” Small name, near fine in a bright near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Jacket Sketch by Donald Greason. Uncommon signed by both the author and the subject.
Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with Andover and Exeter. Boyden, who died in 1972, was the schools headmaster for sixty-six years. John McPhee portrays a remarkable man "at the near end of a skein of magnanimous despots who...created enduring schools through their own individual energies, maintained them under their own absolute rule, and left them forever imprinted with their own personalities." More than simply a portrait of the Headmaster of Deerfield Academy, it is a revealing look at the nature of private school education in America.