“I rhyme to see myself, to set the darkness echoing": First American Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Signed by Seamus Heaney

  • Death of a Naturalist.

Death of a Naturalist.

Item Number: 1875

New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.

First American edition of Heaney’s first major published volume. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some of the usual fading to the pink portion of the spine panel. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Laid into this copy is a ticket to the reading at Harvard University where this copy was signed. A nice example.

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).