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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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Charles Churchill


Published by The Author London 1763

Edition 1st collected edition

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

I.e. Volume I only (Volume II was published in 1765). No half-title. Modern quarter calf, old backstrip laid down.

Price £65.00

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John Clare

Sketches in the Life of John Clare

written by himself

Ed. Edmund Blunden

Published by Cobden-Sanderson 1931

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Blunden contributes an introduction, notes and additions. Cloth partly faded and with a few small stains.

Price £42.00

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Adrian Clarke (editor)

For Bob Cobbing: A Celebration

with Lawrence Upton (editor)

Published by Mainstream Poetry 2000

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

A4 mimeo spiral-bound in card covers. One page each by Sean Bonney, Clarke, Paul Dutton, Ulli Freer, Bill Griffiths, Elizabeth James, Steve McCaffery, Clemente Padin, Upton, Dave Baptiste Chirot, Wayne Clements, Patricia Farrell, Harry Gilonis, Jeff Hilson, Peter Manson, Maggie O’Sullivan, Robert Sheppard & Mike Weller.

Price £25.00

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John Cleveland

The Works, Containing his Poems, Orations, Epistles

Collected into One Volume, With the Life of the Author

Published by Obadiah Blagrave London 1687

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Portrait frontispiece. 2pp adverts. Library blind stamp on title page & C7. Modern gilt-decorated two-tone calf slightly scuffed top lower edge.

Price £275.00

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George Clinton

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Lord Byron

Published by James Robins London 1825

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Large octavo. Portrait frontispiece and engraved title page, both foxed. Armorial dedication facing printed title page. Facsimile of Byron letter facing B1. Text exceptionally clean. 8 engraved plates with some foxing at edges. All edges gilt. Contemporary gilt-decorated diced calf rebacked with defective backstrip (loss mostly at crown) laid down, gilt-decorated with raised bands. A sound and sturdy copy.

Price £160.00


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Arthur Hugh Clough

The Poems

Published by Ticknor & Fields Boston 1862

Edition 1st thus, 1st US

Format  Octavo   Condition Near fine

With a Memoir by Charles Eliot Norton. No half-title. All edges gilt. Gilt-decorated morocco, joints slightly rubbed.

Price £55.00

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Hartley Coleridge


Ed. Grace Evelyn Griggs, Earl Leslie Griggs

Published by OUP 1941

Edition Reissue

Condition Very good

Reissue in the Oxford Bookshelf series. Top edge darkened. Cloth in somewhat rubbed dustjacket with chips & slight loss. Bookplate.

Price £20.00


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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Dramatic Works

Ed. Derwent Coleridge

Published by Moxon London 1857

Edition New

Format  Octavo   Condition Fine

First published in 1852. Half-title. All edges gilt. Red morocco prize binding with gilt, sl. rubbed at edges.

Price £46.00

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