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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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    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member..."> First edition, first issue (with the nine-pointed star to front), rare presentation copy of Heaney's first book, inscribed to fellow-poet Daniel Hoffman (1923-2013), "For Dan Hoffman: with good wishes, Seamus Heaney" inside the front cover.
    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member... Learn More
    £18,500

    Stock Code: 131225

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    Night Drive.

    Bow, Crediton: 1970

    First edition, sole impression, number 10 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title, each signed and dated on the colophon. The first three copies had all the poems in manuscript and were unbound, copies 4 to 55 were bound as here in "simulated pony-skin",... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 133543

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  3. 76685
    First edition, preceding the hardcover edition by one year. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 76685

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    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

    Stock Code: 131763

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    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. After Summer contains two poems, Elegy and Leavings. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 130877

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  7. 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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    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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, signed limited issue, number 111 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. The limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132203

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  13. 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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    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten 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",... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 133558

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  15. 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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  16. 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 reading "Eric - Excuse the haste - I'm hurtleing sic to London - no end... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 129444

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