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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. 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."... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 51605

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  2. Everyman: an Annual Religio-Cultural Review.
    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"... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 109064

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  3. 129455comp
    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. A lovely association copy from the library of Heaney's friend and contemporary poet, George Mackay Brown, inscribed to him on the front free endpaper, "For George: A Harvest of Irish Poems by Seamus, from Carol & Charlie. August 1969". It was given to... Learn More
    £850

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  4. 129585comp
    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Signed by the author in the year of publication on the title page: "Seamus Heaney, October 1969". Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 129585

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  5. 130327
    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Learn More
    £450

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  6. 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... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111709

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  7. 76685
    First edition, preceding the hardcover edition by one year. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 76685

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  8. 126140comp
    Door..."> First edition, first impression, signed by Heaney on the title page, scarce cloth issue. This copy has the ownership inscription of Anthony Thwaite (b. 1930), an important English poet and editor of "the Movement", and the literary executor of Philip Larkin. Thwaite had favourably reviewed Heaney's 1969 collection Door... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126140

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    After Summer.

    Massachusetts: 1978

    First and signed limited edition. One of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. After Summer contains two poems, Elegy and Leavings. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 130877

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  10. Essays by Divers Hands.
    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

    Stock Code: 103180

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  11. 130350comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the epic poem, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 130350

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  12. Changes.

    Changes.

    [Loughcrew]: 1980

    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... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 103118

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  13. 103121comp
    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

    Stock Code: 103121

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  14. 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

    Stock Code: 103100

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  15. 118227comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, "Seamus Heaney, August 1993". From the collection of Dr. Peadar Mac Maghnais, a Dublin based doctor and acquaintance of Heaney's from their attendance of the Cumann Merriman Gaelic summer school. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 118227

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  16. 116991comp
    First editions, first impressions, of the full set of Field Day pamphlets, each signed by their respective authors, published by the theatre company credited with developing Irish Studies and stimulating Irish literary and political culture during the 1980s and 1990s. The authors are Tom Paulin, Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 116991

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  17. Place and Displacement. Recent Poetry of Northern Ireland.
    First edition, first impression of the text of Heaney's Peter Laver Memorial lecture delivered at Wordsworth Summer Conference on 2 August 1984. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 103148

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  18. 126159comp
    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

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  19. 118299comp
    Programme for a joint poetry reading signed by the authors below their respective poems, written for one another; Heaney's Fosterling, first published in the same year in Hill Field, Poems and Memoirs for John Montague on his 60th birthday, and Montague's Hearth Song, first published in Mount Eagle in 1988. The event was... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 118299

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  20. Field of Vision.
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the title page: "Roy - All the good wishes and good cheer of the season... and thanks for the generous Sotheby-boon! Seamus." The poem was privately printed for use by the author as his Christmas card for 1990,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 103123

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  21. 117019comp
    First edition, number 90 of 100 copies signed by Heaney and Neumann, of Heaney's poem dedicated to the memory of poet Joseph Brodsky (who had died in 1996), using "Wystan Auden's metric feet" and composed on W. B. Yeats's anniversary. The whole edition was 120 copies, all on velin d'arches, with 20 copies lettered and hors... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 117019

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £375

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  23. 116875
    Christmas card inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, "Roy-Forge ahead-Seamus & Marie-with thanks for the Sothebys try earlier in the year. (I got her a Rosart-Gregory drawing for Christmas-still at framer's-cheaper, molto!) S. PPS. But maybe even better for the purpose-". The card features... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 116875

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  24. 118300
    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... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 118300

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  25. 118253comp
    Signed limited issue, number 75 of 450 copies signed by James Slevin, the President of the Royal Irish Academy; a further 50 copies not released for sale were signed by Heaney and Masterson. It was published to mark Heaney's receipt of the Cunningham Medal of the Royal Irish Academy, 28 January 2008, awarded for "outstanding... Learn More
    £150

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  26. 129444comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Heaney in the month of publication on the title page, "For Eric Dickson keep scanning! Seamus Heaney September 2010", together with a loosely inserted autographed card signed from Heaney to the same individual, reading "Eric - Excuse the haste - I'm hurtleing... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 129444

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