"If as they say some dust thrown in my eyes will keep my talk from getting overwise": First Edition of Robert Frost's West-Running Brook
Item Number: 52004
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1928.
First edition, first state of the first edition as the statement “First Edition” does not appear on the copyright page; and with “roams” instead of “romps” on the last line of page 44. Octavo, original cloth, with four full-page woodcut illustrations by J.J. Lankes. Signed by the author on the title page with a quote, “If as they say some dust thrown in my eyes will keep my talk from getting overwise…Robert Frost.” The quote is from West-Running Brook. In very good condition with some touch up to the front panel. A nice inscription. Crane A10.
In addition to the title poem West-Running Brook, this work contains “Acquainted with the Night,” “Spring Pools" and “Tree at My Window,” among others. With four full-page woodcut illustrations by J.J. Lankes. “Welford D. Taylor, a Lankes scholar, describes the appreciation that the poet and the printmaker had for each other’s work: "What had impressed each man was a recognition of the aesthetic and thematic values he shared with the other—a “coincidence of taste,” as Frost put it” (Vanderbilt University).