Door Into the Dark.
Item Number: 604
London: Faber and Faber, 1969.
First edition of the author’s second major collection. Octavo. Signed by the author. Lightly bumped, else fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows light wear to the crown of the spine.
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaneys Door Into the Dark focuses on his native Ireland, and especially the rural people, and their work. "Heaney has the gift of finding a new and consummate phrase to evoke physical qualities, and when these take on symbolic resonance the result is superb. . . . [This] collection as a whole is a splendid achievement" (The Guardian).
Other Books by this Author
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.
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.
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.
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.
"to set the darkness echoing": First American Edition of Death of a Naturalist; Warmly Inscribed by Seamus Heaney
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.
"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.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1891.
First edition of Emily Dickinson’s second book of poetry, one of only 960 copies of the first printing. Octavo, original cloth, original gray cloth, top edge gilt. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom cloth and chemise case.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
First edition of this collection of poems, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Brian, with many good wishes- Mary Oliver Indiana Sep. 21, 1992.” The publication date of this title was September 23, 1992, this example was signed two days prior. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dede Cummings.
"I don't want to end up simply having visited this world": First Edition of Mary Oliver's First Book of Poetry No Voyage; Signed by Her
London: J.M. Dent Sons, 1963.
First English edition of the poet’s scarce first book, published two years prior to the American first edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Mary Oliver on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. An exceptional example.
Clandestine first Chilean edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Inscribed by him to close friend and publisher Americo Zorilla
Santiago: Imprenta Juárez, 1950.
Clandestine first Chilean edition of Neruda’s stunning epic poem, published underground by the Communist party in Chile under a false imprint one month after the true first edition, published in Mexico from a different manuscript. Quarto, bound into contemporary red linen boards with parts of original printed wrappers serving as titles to the front panel and spine. Copyright leaf mounted to front pastedown bearing the false imprint “Imprenta Juárez, Reforma 75, Ciudad de México D.F.”, half tone portraits of Neruda tipped in at front and back. Inscribed by Neruda on the title page, “Al camarada Americo, Pablo Neruda.” The recipient Americo Zorilla was a close friend of Neruda’s and editor of the Chilean Communist daily newspaper, El Siglo. Zorilla facilitated the clandestine publication of five thousand copies of Neruda’s Canto General in Chile, published under a false imprint and based on a manuscript Neruda had left behind before he went into hiding with the banning of the Communist Party under the Ley de Defensa Permanente de la Democracia in 1948. Neruda had officially joined the Communist Party of Chile in 1945 and served as campaign manager for the radical party’s presidential candidate Gabriel Gonzalez Videal in 1946. Once in office, Gonzalez Videla turned against the Communist Party and Neruda was forced into hiding and later exile in Buenos Aires to avoid arrest. An exceptional association.