First Edition of The Haw Lantern; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney
The Haw Lantern.
Item Number: 4177
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.
"More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of" (John Carey, Sunday Times).
Other Books by this Author
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"In Loves fair garden-close I wander free, so take your guerdon elsewhere, lovely June": First edition of Joyce Kilmer's Summer of Love; Inscribed by him to fellow poet and critic Thomas Walsh
New York: The Baker & Taylor Company, 1911.
First edition, first issue of Joyce Kilmer’s first book of verse. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow poet and literary critic Thomas Walsh, “To Thomas Walsh, With appreciation of his roast of this book, and the sincere admiration of Joyce Kilmer, June 20, 1913, Brooklyn, NY.” A scholar of Latin American and Spanish literature, Thomas Walsh published four books of poetry and wrote many short articles and reviews, including several for the New York Times. With Walsh’s bookplate to the pastedown. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. A nice association and uncommon signed as Kilmer was killed in World War I.
"The choicest Humorous Poetry": Humorous Poetry of the English Language, From Chaucer to Saxe; Finely bound
Notes, Explanatory and Biographical by J. Parton. With poetry by Burns, Byron, Chaucer, Coleridge, Scott, Saxe, and Thackeray.
Humorous Poetry of the English Language, From Chaucer to Saxe: Narratives, Satires, Enigmas, Burlesques, Parodies, Travesties, Epigrams, Epitaphs and Translations.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1872.
Early printing of this extensive poetry collection. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over silk-covered boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, silk endleaves, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portraits of the great poets with tissue guard. In very good condition. An nice collection including works by the choicest humorous poets.
Early Venetian edition of Bernardo Segni's translation of Aristotle's poems and rhetoric; from the library of Dr. Thomas C. Oden
Venice: per Bartholomeo detto l'Imperador & Francesco suo genero, 1551.
Early Venetian edition of Bernardo Segni’s translation of Aristotle’s poems and rhetoric. Small octavo, bound in full 19th century calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. From the library of one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, Dr. Thomas C. Oden. Regarded as the founder of the paleo-orthodox movement, Oden taught with a mission “to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity.” In very good condition. A unique association.
"This faint resemblance of thy charms, though strong as mortal art could give": Finely bound collection of the Poems of Lord Byron, each accompanied by an elaborately engraved plate
Lord Byron. Drawings by Chalon, Leslie, Harding, Herbert, Meadows, Stephanoff, E. Corbould, Fanny Corbaux, Jenkins & Westall. Engraved under the Superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath.
London: A. Fullarton, And Co, c.1830.
Finely bound example of the poems of Lord Byron, each accompanied by a period engraving. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco over decorative boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, frontispiece engraved portrait of Lord Byron. Illustrated with 36 full page engraved plates. In very good condition with the plates bright and crisp.