The author's first commercially published collection of poetry with a very early dated signature of the Nobel Laureate
Heaney, Seamus ~ Death Of A Naturalist : Signed By The Author
Faber and Faber , London : 1966
The First UK printing published by Faber and Faber in 1966. The BOOK is in Very Good condition. Some fading with a little pushing at the spine ends. Light rubbing to the edges The book has a very slight lean. A little dustiness to the text block edges. Light spotting to the prelims and end papers with a little spotting and light handling marks to some of the pages. Some mild age related mustiness. The original WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. Some wear to the upper spine end with a little loss. A light vertical crease to the rear panel. A little rubbing with loss at the corners. The usual fading to the spine and adjacent front panel area with light rubbing to the folds in places. A couple of very small closed tears to the rear panel edges. Light toning and marking to the rear cover edges. The wrapper remains very presentable in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) and dated (20th March 1967) by Seamus Heaney to the front blank end paper. Housed in a custom green clamshell box with gilt lettering and decorated paper interior. Despite its issues, this copy remains a very presentable copy of the author's first commercially published collection of poetry with a very early dated signature of the Nobel Laureate. Although Heaney would not win the Nobel Prize in Literature until 1995, 'Death of a Naturalist' won the young poet notable awards, including the 'Somerset Maugham Award', the 'Cholmondeley Award', the 'Eric Gregory Award', and the 'Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize'. Increasingly scarce to find with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good
JACKET: Very Good