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Seamus Heaney mementos up for auction in Dublin

By David Young

Published 12/12/2015

Two of Seamus Heaney’s earliest works are up for auction
Two of Seamus Heaney’s earliest works are up for auction
Two of Seamus Heaney’s earliest works are up for auction
Two of Seamus Heaney’s earliest works are up for auction

A signed first edition of Seamus Heaney's first book of poetry is up for auction in Dublin next week - and is expected to sell for a price of up to €1,500 (£1,082).

Death of a Naturalist - published in 1966 - will be up for sale as part of a collection of Heaney books and other items set to go under the hammer at the prestigious Dublin auction house Adams.

There are more than 150 Heaney-related items in the auction, spanning books, letters and Christmas cards written - and in many cases signed - by the Co Londonderry-born Nobel Laureate, who died in 2013.

Heaney's first collection of poems - a pamphlet of 11 published for the 1965 Queen's University Festival - is in the catalogue with a guide price of between €600 and €800.

The extensive collection, which will be auctioned in Dublin on Monday, comes from the library of collector Tim Vignoles, and features not only works by Seamus Heaney, but also a wealth of rare items from WB Yeats, Jack B Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Sebastian Barry, John Montague, and many more of Ireland's finest writers and artists.

Not everything is expected to reach the high price of a signed first edition.

A 2008 Christmas card, privately printed and signed by Heaney, featuring a four-line poem beginning "Derry I Cherish Ever" appears in the catalogue with a figure of €150 to €250 - and there are many more items in that price range.

At those prices, there may be a few lucky book lovers in line for a very special literary Christmas present.

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