New York: Henry Holt, 1945. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's tan buckram over textured brown paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in brown and gilt, original black paperboard slipcase.
Signed limited first edition of towering American poet Robert Frost’s 1945 play. Based on the Old Testament, this blank verse satire is purported to be the 43rd and final addendum of the Book of Job (which comprises 42 chapters) and consists of an exchange between the biblical figure, his wife, and God. Likely inspired by the horrors of WWII and the loss of several family members, the text also contains allusions to the theories of relativity and evolution, lifelong interests of Frost's that permeate his oeuvre. Published on the occasion of Frost’s seventieth birthday, the book was intended as a complement (or foil) to A Masque of Mercy, published two years later. Number 422 of 800 copies signed by Frost on the limitation page. Bookseller ticket to lower pastedown. Minor darkening to spine, light rubbing to upper board, moderate wear to slipcase. Very good. Item #8350