"to set the darkness echoing": First American Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Warmly Inscribed by Seamus Heaney
Death of a Naturalist.
Item Number: 5043
New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.
First American edition of Heaney’s first major published volume. Octavo, original green cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Steve with gratitude-“to set the darkness echoing”19th March 1970 Seamus Heaney.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some fading to the pink portion of the spine panel.
Nobel Prize-winning Seamus Heaney writes about his native Ireland in this collection of poems. "[Heaney's] awareness of a wider social world . . . reaches its culmination in North (1975), a deservedly famous volume that [Helen] Vendler regards as 'one of the crucial poetic interventions of the 20th century,' ranking with Eliot's Prufrock, Wallace Stevens' Harmonium, and Frost's North of Boston in 'its key role in the history of modern poetry" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).
Other Books by this Author
London: Faber and Faber, 1969.
First edition of the author’s second major collection. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1969.
First American edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with two closed tears to the front panel. A very sharp example.
"Who Is Content Only With The Right Word": First Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Inscribed by Seamus Heaney to his Aunt
London: Faber and Faber, 1966.
First edition of Heaney’s first major published volume. Octavo, original green cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Inscribed by the author to his aunt in a contemporary hand, “For Aunt Annie: who is content only with the right word. Love, Seamus.” Additionally signed by Heaney in full on the title page. Fine in very good dust jacket with sunning to the pink portion of the spine and some overall wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Association copies of this caliber seldom enter the market.
Belfast: Festival Publications, 1965.
First edition, third issue. Octavo, original green wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover.
First Edition of Robert Henryson The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney
London: Faber & Faber, 2009.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the front panel.
The letter reads: "Dear Mary, Your note of sympathy is very much appreciated. And I also received a wreath of flowers from the English Department, which touched me very much. My mother died peacefully, after a somewhat unexpected stroke. It was the first death I had been present at, but it was not at all fearsome – there was a fullness about her life and a gentleness about her departure from it. Maybe I’ll see you next week, when I’ll be hastily enroute through Cambridge. Affectionately, Seamus." With his address in the right hand corner and dated November 4, 1984. Also included is the envelope addressed to the recipient at Harvard University. Matted and framed.
"Behaviour that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere": First Edition of Beowulf; Signed by Seamus Heaney
New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1999.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the Seamus Heaney on the title page.
London: Faber & Faber, 1987.
First British edition of the poets seventh collection. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
First Editions of the Collected Works of Nobel Prize-Winning Economists Collected Works; Each Volume Signed by Him
Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999-2002.
First editions of each of volume that comprise the collected works of Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan’s papers. Each volume is signed and dated by James M. Buchanan. Octavo, original half cloth, 19 volumes. In fine condition, dust jackets were not issued for these volumes.