Inscribed By Frost In Nine Lines "For Dear Me Why Abandon A Belief Merely Because It Ceases To Be True"
FROST, Robert. North of Boston. New York: Henry Holt and Company , [1926].
Later edition of author's second book. Octavo (8 7/16 x 5 3/4 inches; 215 x 147 mm). [1]-137, [1, blank] pp. With half-title and photographic frontispiece. Frontispiece with glassine tissue guard.

Inscribed by Frost in nine lines with six lines from his poem "The Black Cottage" on the front free endpaper. This poem can be found on pages 50-55 with these particular lines being the last 5 lines on page 54 and the first line of page 55. "For dear me why abandon a belief/ Merely because it ceases to be true./Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt/ It will turn true again, for so it goes./ Most of the change we think we see in life/ Is due to truths being in and out of favour. 9p. 54/Robert Frost/For Lesley Taylor/April 1927" There is a bookplate of "Leslie Taylor" on the front pastedown, presumably the recipient of the inscription and merely a misspelling by Frost.

Publisher's quarter green buckram over green paper boards. Front board and spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Fore-edge uncut. Board edges with some rubbing. Bottom of spine on the backside with a small 4 cm slice in the buckram, but binding still firm. Some toning throughout, mainly in block shapes, due to page markers. Overall a very good copy with a wonderful inscription.

This Poem and specifically these six lines of inscription are partially poignant due to our countries current political and social landscape. The poem as a whole deals with a Minister describing the history of this abandon black cottage to a poet. He speaks of the former tenant, an old woman during the time of the Civil War who was very progressive in her thinking about the changing world and equality. The minister struggled with her opinions and his own views of the past being perfection. "Knowing what principles in which to believe or foundations to act on is at the core of "The Black Cottage," a pastoral (reflecting on Wordsworth's 'The Ruined Cottage') in which the narrator listens to a minister wavering between extreme skepticism and faith. He is troubled by the memory of a woman who lived in the cottage who had unwavering faith in Jeffersonian ideals of equality, the principle that 'all men are created free and equal,'...His skepticism may mask his desire to assert his own arid fantasy of utopia against the encroachments of life. He proposes at once a vision of perfection in the past-the nativity- and his own desert monarch in the future as a preserve against change... The speech is inspired and lyrical but ultimately untenable, at odds with time and the movement of life." (The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost. Edited by Robert Faggen).

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