A Considerable Speck.
(Salem: Colonial Society, 1939). First separate edition, which consisted of fewer than 100 copies. A single folded sheet with one page of type, printed by Dard Hunter II at the MIT Paper Museum Press. Inscribed by Frost to Martin K. Howes at foot of poem. Frost read this delightful piece about a fly on a piece of paper, which had appeared previously in the Atlantic Monthly, aloud at a Colonial Society dinner. This is the second use of this typeface, created by Hunter, who cut the steel punches and cast the type by hand, basing his designs on early type as his father had before him. With one large initial printed in brown and a border of "housefly" printer's ornaments. Accompanied by the scarce broadside from the Colonial Society explaining the background of the piece. Both pieces are fine, though unflattened. Housed in original mailing tube designated for Howes in Frost's hand. Item #28129
(Crane A24; Robert Frost and his Printers 31; Dard Hunter, My Life with Paper, 214-15).