West House Books

Second-hand bookshop

The West House second-hand bookshop handles poetry books & ephemera of all periods but specialises in modernist poetry published by small presses. This list represents a sample of our stock — in many cases we can offer more titles by all these poets.
Our basement is a mine of concrete poetry and post-1960 small press books.


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Claude Colleer Abbott

The Life and Letters of George Darley

Poet and Critic

Published by Clarendon Press Oxford 1967

Edition Reprint

Condition Near fine

Cloth in somewhat worn & scuffed price-clipped dustjacket.

Price £20.00


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Peter Ackroyd

Ezra Pound and his World

Published by Thames & Hudson 1980

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

With 111 black-&-white illustrations. Somewhat musty copy, boards in dustjacket with chips & small tear..

Price £14.00

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Conrad Aiken

Senlin: A Biography

Published by Hogarth 1925

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Uncut edges darkened. Boards rubbed & scuffed, spine fraying.

Price £10.00


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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination

A Poem. In Three Books.

Published by R.Dodsley London 1744

Edition ?Second

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

No footnote on p.[9], p.20 correctly numbered: Foxon A140 calls this ‘another [i.e. 2nd] edition’, Williams regards it as the 3rd issue of the 1st. Half-title. Title page in red & black with vignette. Advert for Dodsley’s Fifty Old Plays on final leaf. Contemporary calf rebacked. Marbled endpapers. Upper endpaper-p.10 loose. Bookplates.

Price £55.00

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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination, and other Poems

Published by J.Dodsley London 1788

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Some occasional spotting but generally clean pages. Contemporary half calf somewhat worn & rubbed, titling & gilt decoration dulled, joints still sound.

Price £35.00

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Tim Allen

Sea ExChange

a thousand lines on tambourine

Published by Itinerant 2007

Edition 1st   Limitation 25 signed

Condition Fine

Wrappers faintly rubbed.

Price £15.00


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D.M. Allen (editor)

12 Poets & 1 Painter

Published by Four Seasons 1964

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Writing 3. Wrappers. Clean copy but somewhat buckled by damp. Contributors include LeRoi Jones, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Jess, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch & Charles Olson.

Price £12.50


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David Annwn

Danse Macabre: Death & the Printers

with Kelvin Corcoran, Alan Halsey, Gavin Selerie

Published by Ispress & West House 1997

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers. The book carries a printed dedication to Lee Harwood; laid in is a postcard to Harwood from David Annwn of Ispress with brief als referring to the dedication 27 Aug 1997.

Price £18.00


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