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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. Eleven Poems.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Eleven Poems.

    Belfast : [1965]

    First edition, second issue (with the ten-point sun symbol), of Heaney's rare first published work, with the notice for his "first book of poems, Death of a Naturalist" to be published in Spring 1966.

    Jamison was instrumental in putting on the event that brought Heaney, Longley, and Hammond together on the stage to perform their poems and songs... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145480

  2. Door Into the Dark.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Door Into the Dark.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 130327

  3. North.
    HEANEY, Seamus. North.

    London : 1975

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 131763

  4. Preoccupations.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Preoccupations.

    London : 1980.

    First edition, first impression, of the poet's first collection of prose pieces, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page: "Seamus Heaney for Dennis Saunders with gratitude for the ride from Folkestone to Canterbury, and every good wish. October 28 1986".

    From the library of Dennis Saunders, one of the poet's long-term friends.... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 148443

  5. Sweeney Praises the Trees.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Praises the Trees.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, number 41 of 110 copies only, additionally signed by the author on the title page; scarce, especially so signed and in such fine condition. Sweeney Praises the Trees is an early version of part of his modern English translation of the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne, preceding his complete translation, published in 1983 as Sweeney Astray.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142601

  6. Sweeney Astray.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Astray.

    Derry : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, "Seamus Heaney, August 1993". Sweeney Astray is the Nobel laureate's modern English translation from the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne. From the collection of Dr. Peadar Mac Maghnais, a Dublin based doctor and acquaintance of Heaney's from their attendance of the Cumann Merriman... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118227

  7. Hailstones.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones.

    Dublin : 1984

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 250 unnumbered cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page; here additionally inscribed by Heaney "Mary - fine girl y'are! Seamus" under his signature. The recipient was Heaney's friend Mary Conley Downe.

    Downe founded, with her husband Edward, the Irish Clifden Arts Festival, now the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142605

  8. Station Island.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Station Island.

    New York : 1985

    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Martha, Sláinte! Seamus Heaney, April 1985". The author's sixth book of poetry, Station Island was first published in the UK the preceding year. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 126159

  9. The Haw Lantern.
    HEANEY, Seamus. The Haw Lantern.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page: "Seamus Heaney 26.6.87". The signature dates from the month of publication, as recorded by Brandes and Durkan.

    Although unmarked as such, this is from the library of Dennis Saunders, one of the poet's long-term friends. Saunders organised poetry conferences for... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148479

  10. The Cure at Troy.
    HEANEY, Seamus. The Cure at Troy.

    Belfast : 1990

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 338 of 500 copies signed by the author.

    Towards the conclusion of the play is a speech by the Chorus, frequently quoted by Joe Biden ("History say, Don't hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme").... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 148486

  11. Crediting Poetry. The Nobel Lecture.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Crediting Poetry. The Nobel Lecture.

    London : 1996

    First UK edition, first impression. One of 500 copies printed for private circulation, this is a finely produced edition of the text of Heaney's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in December 1995. It was preceded by the Gallery Books paperback published in Ireland the previous year. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 145231

  12. Beowulf.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.

    London : 1999

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 145566

  13. Squarings.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Squarings.

    Dublin : 1991

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 10 author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten", facing the frontispiece. These... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 133558

  14. Columcille the Scribe.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Columcille the Scribe.

    Dublin : 2004

    Signed limited issue, number 124 of 150 copies signed by the author at the foot of the sheet. Heaney translated this Irish poem, the earliest known version of which is a 16th-century copy held at the Bodleian Library, to celebrate his enrolment as a member of the Royal Irish Academy on 9 June 1997, which he then presented to the Academy on vellum in... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145994

  15. The Door Stands Open.
    HEANEY, Seamus. The Door Stands Open.

    Dublin : 2005

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 94 of 275 copies signed by the author, printed on blue and grey handmade paper, 25 of which were not for sale; a further 60 copies were issued in a glass slipcase, ten of which were not for sale. Published to commemorate the death of the Nobel Prize winning poet Czeslaw Milosz on 14 August 2004, this work... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 118300

  16. Poems on the Underground.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Poems on the Underground.

    London : 2011

    First edition, first printing, signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover. Poems on the Underground is a scheme launched in 1986, showcasing a range of poetry on London Underground carriages, from classics to contemporary works. This leaflet was produced and distributed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the scheme; Heaney's poem "Colmcille the Scribe"... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142600

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