Wednesday 18 October 2017

Rare Heaney works main attraction at fair

Bruce Arnold

IMPORTANT works by the late Seamus Heaney will be featured in a major book fair in Dublin.

The annual fair, organised by the London firm of Maggs Brothers of Berkeley Square, will be held at Masonic Hall on Molesworth Street on October 5-6. Among the books is a first edition of 'The Door Stands Open' in stainless steel covers "with the poet's signature in relief and housed in a slipcase of hand-blown clear glass".

The book, which features two poems and an essay by the author in memory of the Polish-Lithuanian poet Czeslaw Milosz, is one of only 50 copies signed by the author.

First published by the Irish Writer's Centre in Dublin in 2005, it is being sold on behalf of the centre to raise funds.

Two other Seamus Heaney titles come from the same dealer: one is the first American edition of 'North', which was published in New York in 1976; and the second is 'The Manger', which is priced at €500.

Other Irish books of interest include 'The Sphinx' by Oscar Wilde, a first edition and one of only 200 copies in the original vellum boards decorated by Charles Ricketts. It is priced at €7,500.

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