"Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rest; snug as a gun": First Edition of Seamus Heaney's Death of A Naturalist; Signed by Him
Death of a Naturalist.
Item Number: 101967
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. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
The Death of a Naturalist is the first regularly published book by the Nobel Prize-winning poet. It consists of 34 short poems and is largely concerned with childhood experiences and the formulation of adult identities, family relationships, and rural life. The collection begins with one of Heaney's best-known poems, "Digging", and includes the acclaimed "Death of a Naturalist."