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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 – contributor : THE NORTHERN REVIEW. VOL. 1. NO. 2.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 – contributor : THE NORTHERN REVIEW. VOL. 1. NO. 2.

Belfast : Northern Review, [1965]. The second issue of this impressive “quarterly magazine of the arts”, published between 1965 and 1967, this issue including three early poems each from Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley, with their portraits; further poems from Peter Redgrove, Joan Newmann, Stewart Parker, Marcus Cumberledge, etc.; a short story from Tom Currie; a study of Joyce Cary by Philip Hobsbaum; recollections of Louis MacNeice from George MacCann; a piece from B. S. Johnson entitled “Holes, Syllabics and the Succussations of the Intercostal & Abdominal Muscles”, etc.
Crown 4to (24cm). (108)pp. Illustrations. Original wrappers; spine very faintly tanned; lightly rubbed and slightly bruised and creased; a few slight marks, but a good copy.

£25

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

London : Faber & Faber, (1980). First edition : [one of just 500 copies in hardback]. An extensive selection of Heaney’s earlier work, including many of his finest poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). 136pp. Original blue boards, lettered down spine in gilt; a very good copy indeed in a price-clipped dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£200

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

London : Faber & Faber, (1984). First edition. One of the most celebrated collections of poems of modern times – “Many of these poems have a tough rind as though the author knew for his purposes deferred comprehension was better than instant. Obliquity suits him. Heaney’s talent, a prodigious one, is exfoliating and augmenting here” (Richard Ellman).
Post 8vo (21cm). (124),[iv] – including integral endpapers. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a fine copy in an equally fine dust-jacket.

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : NEW SELECTED POEMS 1966-1987.

London : Faber & Faber, (1990). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the front free endpaper. A fine selection of Heaney’s work, the selection made by Heaney himself from his ten earlier collections – well over 100 poems, with notes, etc.
Demy8vo (23cm). x,(246)pp. Original cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a hint of a bruise to one corner; some faint spotting to top edge; small mark near signature, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket, which bears a portrait by Louis le Brocquy – lightly rubbed at extremities. From the library of the actress, poet, socialite and bohemian aristocrat Pauline Tennant (1929-2008), later Lady Rumbold, with her pastoral Pauline Rumbold bookplate on the front pastedown.

£250

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : OPENED GROUND : POEMS 1966-1996.

London : Faber & Faber, (1998). First edition. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title-page. A very extensive selection of Heaney’s work, “as close to being a ‘Collected Poems’ as the author cares to make it”, also including a few poems not previously published in earlier collections, some translations, and ‘Crediting Poetry’, his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [2],(xiv),478,[ii]pp. Original green boards, lettered in orange; tiny hint of a bruise at foot, but otherwise a very good copy indeed, in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£400

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