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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.

 

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Basil Bunting

Loquitur


Published by Fulcrum 1965

Edition 1st, ordinary edition   Limitation 774 (ex 1000)

Condition Fine

Light grey cardboard boards in transparent polythene dustjacket as issued; design by Richard Hamilton using author’s holograph. Inscribed on title page ‘BBunting / 1978 / for Michael Curtiss’.

Price £475.00


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WB930

Basil Bunting

What the Chairman Told Tom


Published by Pym-Randall 1967

Edition 1st   Limitation 175/200 (ex 226) signed

Condition Fine

8pp sewn into light grey heavy paper wrappers. Owner’s name, place & date inside upper wrapper.

Price £135.00


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WB932

Basil Bunting

Version of Horace


Published by In officina Guido Londinensis Holborn 1972

Edition 1st   Limitation 11/300

Condition Fine

Folding broadside, letterpress, in original envelope (slightly rubbed). Inscription ‘for Michael Curtiss / BBunting / 1978’ precedes poem.

Price £160.00


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WB933

Basil Bunting

King Ida’s Watch Chain:

A moving anthology Link One

Ed. Tom Pickard

Published by Tom Pickard [1965]

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

As issued, unbound sheets of various colours and sizes laid into publisher’s envelope. Contents include 12 poems by Bunting and reprinted articles on his work by Louis Zukofsky, Gael Turnbull & Hugh Kenner. The poem by Pickard listed in contents is missing. Unlisted contents present as usual: facsimile MS of ‘A thrush in the syringa sings’, the Gubi cartoon portrait & photos. Contents, many on foolscap, folded to fit envelope which is worn at edges but has label as called for, rubber-stamped KIWC 1 BASIL BUNTING BUMPER NUMBER.

Price £80.00


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WB1522

Gilbert Burnet

Some Passages in the Life and Death of John Earl of Rochester

With a Sermon preached at the funeral of the said Earl by the Rev. Robert Parson


Published by W.Baynes London 1820

Edition 1st such?

Condition Good

Prefixed by ‘two criticisms of the writings of the Earl of Rochester, by the Hon. Horace Walpole, & Dr. Samuel Johnson’. Portrait frontispiece offset on title page. Original boards somewhat roughly rebacked with modern cloth.

Price £42.00


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WB413

Gilbert Burnet

Some Passages of the Life and Death of the Right Honourable John Earl of Rochester

With an Introductory Preface by Lord Ronald Gower


Published by Elliot Stock London 1875

Edition Facsimile reprint of 1860 edition

Condition Near fine

Gower’s inscription dated 8.6.75 on upper blank. Pages slightly darkened. All edges gilt. Later black morocco & marbled endpapers.

Price £42.00


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WB414

Robert Burns

The Merry Muses

A Choice Collection of Favourite Songs Gathered from Many Sources


Published by 'Privately Printed [Not For Sale]' [Hotten?] '1827' [1872?]

Edition 1st such

Condition Good

To which are added Two of his Letters and a Poem - Hitherto Suppressed - Never Before Printed. Not For Maids, Ministers, or Striplings. No half-title. Binding shaken, some leaves loosening. Some soiling, stain top edge of many leaves. Distressed bookplate. Later half morocco, gilt-decorated spine still bright.

Price £100.00


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WB1271

William Burroughs

Minutes To Go

with Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles, Gregory Corso


Published by Two Cities Paris 1960

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Signed in pencil by Gysin and (faintly) Beiles on title page verso. Wrappers chipped & faded with tear & slight loss at foot of spine. Slight bruise at head of spine and the spine slightly pulls at title page. Small inkblot above signatures. Text fine & bright.

Price £350.00


64pp


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WB1487

 

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