Death of a Naturalist. London: Faber & Faber, 1966. First Edition. Pp, 57. Green cloth boards and original dust jacket in olive, salmon and white, lettered in black. Jacket lightly faded along spine, overall light browning, with neat ownership name to front free endpaper. [Brandes A2].
Heaney's first major work in hardback & the author's first commercially published work. A year earlier he published a collection in wrappers entitled 'Eleven Poems' while still a student in Queen's University, Belfast. It earned the Heaney the E.C. Gregory, the Cholmondeley and the Somerset Maugham awards as well as the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. It has now come to be recognised as one of the most significant collections of poetry in modern times.