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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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Kelvin Corcoran

Words Through a Hole Where There Was a Chimpanzee’s Face

Published by Longbarrow 2011

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers. Signed by the author and with his rubber-stamp seal on dedication page. Together with, as issued, a mini-CD, author reading the text, Cheltenham, 6 November 2010.

Price £15.00


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Martin Corless-Smith


Published by Fence 2006

Edition 1st

Condition Mint


Price £10.00

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Cid Corman

A Table in Provence

Published by Origin 1959

Edition 1st   Limitation 168/200 signed

Condition Near fine

Drawings by Barnet Rubenstein. Landscape folio approx 310 x 380 mm. Slightly soiled card covers laid down on tape spine as issued. Bubbling to pastedowns, small stain to fore-edge.

Price £75.00

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Abraham Cowley

The Mistress with other select poems

Ed. John Sparrow

Published by Nonesuch 1926

Edition 1st such   Limitation 997/1050

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

Staining to cloth, spine darkened. Endpapers tanned, uncut edges slightly spotted & dusty.

Price £30.00

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George Crabbe

New Poems

Ed. Arthur Pollard

Published by Liverpool University Press 1960

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Cloth in dustjacket with nick top edge of upper panel. Two scrappy sheets of paper laid in with quotations from the poems in Geoffrey Grigson’s hand. On the verso of one is a fragment of typescript, a prose text about Venice, hand-corrected by Grigson.

Price £22.00

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George Crabbe

Tales of the Hall

Published by John Murray London 1819

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Two volumes bound in one. First edition variant with P6 cancel Volume I. Half-titles, advert leaf Volume II. Some foxing but uncut copies in contemporary boards with morocco backstrip, rebacked with previous gilt-decorated spine laid down. John Sparrow’s bookplate.

Price £75.00

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[Richard Crashaw]

Epigrammatum Sacrorum Liber

Published by Ex Academiae celeberrimae typographeo Cambridge 1634

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

A remarkably clean & well-preserved copy in modern vellum. Modern slipcase and sleeve, spine gilt-lettered.

Price £500.00

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Robert Creeley

The Finger: poems 1966-1969

Published by Calder & Boyars 1970

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Author’s inscription on fly ‘for Lee [Harwood] -- with our love -- in his country, Bob / London 7/18/70. Boards, top edge slightly dusty otherwise fine in partly mottled dustjacket with Jim Dine drawing.

Price £75.00


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