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HEANEY, Seamus.

Rare books by Seamus Heaney, including first edition and signed first edition copies of Death of a Naturalist.

Seamus Heaney (1939–2013) was an Irish author of international standing, often described as the most important Irish poet since W. B. Yeats. Born into a farming family in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, he attended Queen’s University in Belfast and then became a lecturer.

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  1. 116797
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    Eleven Poems.

    First edition, third and final issue, signed by the author on the front wrapper. This is Heaney's first published work; his first book of poetry, Death of a Naturalist, is advertised in this edition as forthcoming, and would be published by Faber and Faber in 1966. Eleven Poems was privately published by Heaney's alma mater, Queen's University, while Heaney was an English literature lecturer there. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: [1965-7]

    Published: Belfast

    Stock Code: 116797

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Death of a Naturalist.
    signed

    Death of a Naturalist.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Heaney on the front free endpaper, "For Kies, ‘Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes from whence 'tis nourished…', with happy memories of Rotterdam. Seamus Heaney, June 1977." The book was inscribed following his trip to Rotterdam to participate in the International Poetry Festival. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108416

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Door into the Dark.

    Door into the Dark.

    First edition, first impression. From the library of Alan Ansen (1922-2006), a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac's characters including "Rollo Greb" in On the Road, and for "A.J." in Burroughs's Naked Lunch. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 51605

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  4. Everyman: an Annual Religio-Cultural Review.

    Everyman: an Annual Religio-Cultural Review.

    [Continued as:] Aquarius.
    First editions, first impressions. A complete run of this uncommon annual publication, most notable for the inclusion of work by Seamus Heaney: an interview with Michéal MacLiammóir and the poem "Birdwatcher" in issue I, the poem "Yan"' in issue II, the verse-play Munro in issue III, and two poems , "A Constable Calls" and "Act of Union" in issue VII. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Benburb, County Tyrone

    Stock Code: 109064

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  5. A Lough Neagh Sequence.

    A Lough Neagh Sequence.

    First separate edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. The poems first appeared in The University Review in 1967. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Manchester

    Stock Code: 115891

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  6. Wintering Out.
    signed

    Wintering Out.

    First Edition, preceding the hardcover edition by one year. Signed on the half title by Seamus Heaney. Learn More
    £780

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published:

    Stock Code: 31662

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Wintering Out.

    Wintering Out.

    First edition, preceding the hardcover edition by one year. Learn More
    £700

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76685

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  8. Wintering Out.
    signed

    Wintering Out.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Kees, slainte ‘gus saol! Seamus Heaney, June 1977 in Rotterdam". Advance review copy with the loosely inserted slips of Faber & Faber and Heaney's publisher in the Netherlands, Meulenhoff. The wrappered edition preceded the casebound edition by one year. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111709

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Christmas Eve.
    signed

    Christmas Eve.

    First edition. One of an unspecified number of copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. Inscribed by the author on the front to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, "For Roy Davids, Seamus Heaney. 24 April 1981." Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1978

    Published: [Belfast

    Stock Code: 103106

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Makings of a Music: Reflections on the Poetry of Wordsworth and Yeats.

    The Makings of a Music: Reflections on the Poetry of Wordsworth and Yeats.

    First edition of the text of Heaney's Kenneth Allott Lecture, delivered at the University of Liverpool on 9 February 1978. Learn More
    £30

    Date of Publication: 1978

    Published: Liverpool

    Stock Code: 103179

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  11. 116338

    Christmas Eve.

    First edition. One of an unspecified number of copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1978]

    Published: [Belfast

    Stock Code: 116338

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  12. 116275comp
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    After Summer.

    Illustrations by Timothy Engelland.
    First and signed limited edition of 250 copies. Inscription reads “Seamus Heaney in the Grolier April 28 1979” referring to The Grolier Club in Manhattan founded in 1884 for “book lovers and graphic art fans”. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile, Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), who befriended Heaney. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1978

    Published: Northampton

    Stock Code: 116275

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Field Work.

    Field Work.

    First edition, first impression. The fugitive brown used in the printing of this dust jacket almost always fades to a peculiar bilious hue. Sorry but that's just the way it is! Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 102697

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  14. Essays by Divers Hands.

    Essays by Divers Hands.

    Being the transactions of the Royal Society of Literature. New Series: Volume XL.
    First edition, first impression of this volume of essays, with contributions from Seamus Heaney, Ronald Blythe, Robert Gittings, Thomas Hinde, Paul Jennings, Willian Sansom, Charles Tomlinson, John Stewart Collin, and N.C. Chaudhuri. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: Norwich

    Stock Code: 103180

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  15. Changes.
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    Changes.

    Heaney's Christmas card for 1980. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the initial blank, with a quotation from the poem, and referencing the most famous beach in Irish fiction: "Roy, ‘retrace this path' - to Sandymount Strand. Seamus, 6th July 1984." The poem was first published in London Review of Books earlier the same year (No. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: [Loughcrew]

    Stock Code: 103118

    Signed: Yes

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  16. 116489comp
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    Selected Poems. 1965-1975.

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "For Hazel, Seamus Heaney, October 20 1980". Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116489

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Holly.
    signed

    Holly.

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the initial blank to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, and also signed below the poem: "Roy - bon année [?], Seamus. 6th July, 1989." This is one of 121 copies printed for use by Heaney as his Christmas card for 1981. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1981

    Published: [Loughcrew]

    Stock Code: 103116

    Signed: Yes

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  18. 103121comp
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    Sweeney and the Saint.

    From the Middle Irish.
    First edition, one of 125 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the title page: "To Roy, with love and happy memories at Christmas, Seamus & Marie & the boys & Catherine Ann." The poem was privately printed for use by the author as his Christmas card for 1982. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: Loughcrew

    Stock Code: 103121

    Signed: Yes

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  19. A Hazel Stick for Catherine Ann.
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    A Hazel Stick for Catherine Ann.

    First edition, one of 100 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, "For Roy, with love and fondest wishes for Christmas, with love from Seamus, Marie, and the children." This poem was printed as the author's Christmas card for 1983. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: [Loughcrew]

    Stock Code: 103100

    Signed: Yes

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  20. Among Schoolchildren.

    Among Schoolchildren.

    First edition, first impression. The text of Heaney's John Malone Memorial Lecture, given at The Queen's University, Belfast on 9 June, 1983. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: Belfast

    Stock Code: 103147

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