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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 : STATIONS.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATIONS.

Belfast : Ulsterman Publications, (1975). First edition. Twenty-one prose poems, including “Cauled”, “Hedge-School”, “Waterbabies”, “Incertus”, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 24pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a portrait of Heaney in yellow and orange; faint corner crease to lower wrapper, but a very good copy of a fragile item.

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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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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : ‘ROOM TO RHYME’.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : ‘ROOM TO RHYME’.

Dundee : University of Dundee, 2004. First edition. A “Greatest Minds Lecture” given by Heaney at Dundee University in July 2003 – Heaney on the making of poetry, with some striking coloured illustrations by Brigid Collins.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). (28)pp. Original decorative boards in a design by Brigid Collins; very good.

£40

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : DISTRICT AND CIRCLE.

London : Faber & Faber, (2006). First edition. A collection of over fifty of the later poems – “With more relish and conviction than ever, Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everday renewals”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [x],76,[x]pp. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; some slight edgewear and a hint of bruising, but otherwise very good, bright, clean and sound in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

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