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HEANEY, Seamus.

Eleven Poems.

Availability: In stock

Published: Belfast Festival Publications, [1965]

Stock Code: 131225

£18,500
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 of the Boar's Head poetry society at the same time as Allen Ginsberg. His first collection, An Armada of Thirty Whales (1954), was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by W. H. Auden, who praised its "providing a new direction for nature poetry in the post-Wordsworthian world." In 1973 Hoffman was made Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He befriended Heaney from an early date and visited Ireland for literary events around this time, making it most likely that this inscription, though undated, was contemporary. Hoffman's presentation copy of Death of a Naturalist was dated 1966. Signed or inscribed copies of Eleven Poems are very scarce, and meaningful presentation copies rare indeed. This, from the Nobel Laureate to a United States Poet Laureate, is a very compelling example.

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Description

Single octavo quire. Original wrappers printed in black and purple, stapled at the fold. Housed in a black flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

Slight toning at the fold, otherwise fine.

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