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.
HEANEY, Seamus. Eleven Poems.
Belfast : 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.
This is the very scarce first issue of Heaney's first published work, with the printed notice with regard to... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 131225
HEANEY, Seamus. Door Into the Dark.
London : 1969First 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 Brown by fellow poet Charlie... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129455
(HEANEY, Seamus.) Everyman: an Annual Religio-Cultural Review.
Benburb, County Tyrone : 1969-74First 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£600.00
Stock Code: 109064
HEANEY, Seamus. North.
London : 1975First 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
HEANEY, Seamus. North.
London : 1975First 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 into the Dark in the... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 126140
[HEANEY, Seamus.] Christmas Eve.
[Belfast : 1978]First edition, one of 125 copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. The poem was first published in RTÉ Guide the preceding year under the title The Workshop. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 116338
(HEANEY, Seamus.) CRONIN, Vincent (eds.) Essays by Divers Hands.
Norwich : 1979First 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£50.00
Stock Code: 103180
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.
London : 1999First 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£550.00
Stock Code: 135703
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney and the Saint.
Loughcrew : 1982First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103121
HEANEY, Seamus, & others. Field Day Pamphlets.
Derry : 1983-8First 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 (who contributed two pamphlets),... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 116991
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Astray.
Derry : 1983First 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... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118227
HEANEY, Seamus. A Hazel Stick for Catherine Ann.
[Loughcrew] : 1983First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103100
HEANEY, Seamus. Station Island.
New York : 1985First 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
HEANEY, Seamus. Field of Vision.
[Loughcrew] : 1990First 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, and features an illustration... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 103123
HEANEY, Seamus; Max Neumann (illus.) Audenesque.
Paris : 1998First 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 commerce. The poem was first... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117019
HEANEY, Seamus. Millennium Christmas card, 2000.
Loughcrew : 2000Christmas 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 the first verse from his... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 116875
HEANEY, Seamus. Squarings.
Dublin : 1991First 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", facing the frontispiece. These... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133558
HEANEY, Seamus. Miniature presentation manuscript copy of Mad Sweeney's Praise of Trees,
September 2004A rare example of Seamus Heaney presenting a poem in manuscript and miniature format, presumably executed as a gift for a friend or sold for charity. The manuscript is signed at the rear in both English and Irish, and dated September 2004.
The 11 verses written out here appear in Sweeney Astray (1983, pp.39-40), Heaney's translation from... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137541
HEANEY, Seamus. The Door Stands Open.
Dublin : 2005First 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