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Door into the Dark [inscribed for a friend]

Door into the Dark [inscribed for a friend] by HEANEY, Seamus (1969)

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Author: HEANEY, Seamus
Title: Door into the Dark [inscribed for a friend]
Year: 1969
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Place: London
Dust Jacket: Yes
Signed: Yes
Price: £850
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Heaney’s second major collection of poetry which he has inscribed for a friend, with the Poetry Book Society prospectus laid in.

First edition in fine publisher’s black cloth with gilt spine letters, a little dustiness to the top edge. Inscribed by the author in black pen to the first blank: ‘Seamus Heaney.’ A little spotting along the gutter of the endpapers and the foreedge only. Overall a near fine copy in a very good jacket which is not price-clipped and has almost no rubbing along the edges. Browning near the foreedge on the upper panel of the jacket and spotting behind the lettering on the lower panel. Laid in is the Poetry Book Society Bulletin for Summer 1969 with Heaney’s introduction to the book.

Door Into the Dark marked a significant change of direction and the poet told the recipient of this signed copy, Dennis Saunders, that his decision to move away from the strongly physical version of pastoral that characterised his first collection surprised and at first put-off the collection’s reviewers. Although without dedication Heaney inscribed this book for Dennis Saunders who ran poetry conferences for teachers in Kent in the 1950s-1970, inviting Seamus Heaney to several of his events and becoming friends in the course of these convivial weekends spent together. This is one of several Heaney-inscribed book that we are offering, each with a successively more affectionate and intimate message from the poet to Dennis and his wife Pam.
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