FROST, ROBERT. 1874-1963 Autograph Manuscript Signed ("R.F.), "Build Soil," 12 pp recto only, 8vo (263 x 185 mm), c.1932, in ink, several words lined out,

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 268
FROST, ROBERT. 1874-1963
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("R.F.), "Build Soil," 12 pp recto only, 8vo (263 x 185 mm), c.1932, in ink, several words lined out,

US$ 10,000 - 15,000
£ 7,500 - 11,000

Fine Books and Manuscripts

13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

New York

FROST, ROBERT. 1874-1963
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("R.F.), "Build Soil," 12 pp recto only, 8vo (263 x 185 mm), c.1932, in ink, several words lined out, horizontal fold crease throughout.
WITH: A Further Range. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1936. Publisher's beige cloth, brown morocco gilt title label on spine, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED ISSUE, no 7 of 803 copies.
Provenance: Rebecca Manning, nee Cutler, an editor at Henry Holt, gift from the author; thence by descent.

"We're always too much out or too much in/ ...We're so much out that the odds are against our ever getting inside again." First delivered at Columbia University to the Phi Beta Kappa society on May 31, 1932, "Build Soil" was a cornerstone of Frost's 1936 A Further Range, which would garner Frost his third Pulitzer Prize (of four). Frost delivered an abbreviated and early version of the poem in 1921, thus the beginning, "Why, Tityrus! ... Meliboeus the potato man, The one you had the talk with, you remember, Here on this very campus years ago" (see The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 2, p 162), but the present and final version is clearly contemporary to his Columbia address, and speaks directly to the pending 1932 Presidential election and a country in political turmoil and distress. Distrustful of political ideology, and dismissive of poetry for political ends, Frost nonetheless delivers an apparently political speech, that is nonetheless completely Frostian, exploring the intersection of poetry and politics, and exhorting self-examination ("in") before action ("out"). Called by Malcolm Cowley the "best of his long philosophical works," the poem conveys the thrust of Frost's inward politics of self-reliance amidst a sea-tide of cultural change, as noted in the irony of Tityrus: "None shall be as ambitious as he can./ None should be ambitious as he could,/ Not if I had my say. Bounds should be set/ To ingenuity for being so cruel/ In bringing change unheralded on the unready."

The consignor's net proceeds from this sale are being donated in Rebecca Manning Cutler's name to The Bureau of Fearless Ideas, in order to help support and sustain its mission. With a belief that the power of words, well written and well spoken, can open doors to important opportunities, the Bureau's writing and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6-18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to tell their stories. Its programs are free and open to families from any socioeconomic background. http://fearlessideas.org/
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $3,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $4,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.