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. 18, Vol. 2, 18 September 1980).
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Octavo. Original green paper wrappers, title to front wrapper in black, single sheet sewn in with red thread. A fine copy.