[Charles Wadsworth inscribes Rampant Lions Press book with his illustrations to poems on Robert Frost to Christopher Fry, also signed by author.] Seed Leaves | Homage to R. F. | Poetry by Richard Wilbur | Prints by Charles Wadsworth.

Richard Wilbur; Charles Wadsworth; Richard R. Godine, Publisher, Boston; Will Carter, Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge [Christopher Fry; Robert Frost]
Publication details: 
David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston. [No 44 of '160 copies only designed and printed by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, England'] 1974.
SKU: 22927

Beautiful stitched pamphlet, with three gorgeous colour natural history prints by Wadsworth, comprising frontispiece and one other full-page print, and double-page print incorporating the words of the title. Near fine. Text unpaginated, printed on eleven pages, over eight leaves of green laid paper. Numbered 44 on the colophon, which carries the device of the Rampant Lions Press, and is signed 'Richard Wilbur' and 'Charles E. Wadsworth', reading: '160 copies only | designed and printed by Will Carter | at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge, England | on Glastonbury Sage Antique paper | set in Palatino, and bound by John P. Gray | using marble paper by | Ingeborg Borjeson, Stockholm'. In lovely green, grey and black marbled wraps, with titled printed in black on white label on cover. Housed in grey-brown buckram wallet, with matching marbled covers, and title printed on label on spine. Inscribed by Wadsworth on half-title: 'For Christopher and Phyl [his wife] | from | Waddy and Jeannie | East Dean | 1974'. Long introductory note by Wilbur, dated 'Cummington, August 1972', beginning: 'When Robert Frost left us, I wanted to write him a poem, but nothing fresh came of my attempt, and I discaded them, turning to something else. It won't do to offer a dead poem to a lively spirit.' He notes that Wadsworth has 'exquisitely complimented' the poem he did write. There is also an 'Afterword' by Wadsworth, dated 'Cranberry Isles, Maine | 1972'. In it he praises 'the bright penetration of Robert Frost's poetry', and states that his prints 'are a translation from one self-sufficient brightness into another'. From the Christopher Fry papers.