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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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Robert Duncan

Copy Book Entries

Ed. Robert J. Bertholf

Published by Meow Press Buffalo 1996

Edition 1st   Limitation 76/100

Condition Near fine

From a total edition of 300 copies 100 were numbered by the press for the Robert Duncan conference April 18-20th, 1996. Wrappers, fine in dustjacket slightly darkened at spine.

Price £20.00


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John Dyer


Published by J.Dodsley London 1770

Edition Third

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Engravings facing first pages of Grongar Hill, The Ruins of Rome & The Fleece. Contemporary calf, joints slightly rubbed but sound. Bookplate.

Price £65.00

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J.M. Edmonds

Sappho Revocata

An Emended Text with an English Translation, a Life & a Glossary of Aeolic Words

Published by Peter Davies London 1928

Edition 1st   Limitation 192/350

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

’The only edition of the first book set in the Antigone Greek type designed by J. van Krimpen. Two drawings by Vera Willoughby reproduced in collotype. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Endpapers mottled but internally fine. Lacks slipcase. Original cloth, spine heavily darkened otherwise a near-fine copy with editor’s dedication & Greek text on fly.

Price £48.00


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Ken Edwards


Published by Galloping Dog 1980

Edition 1st   Limitation 10 numbered & signed

Condition Near fine

A4 mimeo. Cover by the author. Wrappers slightly discoloured.

Price £18.00


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Ken Edwards


Published by Galloping Dog 1980

Edition 1st trade   Limitation 200

Condition Fine

Cover by the author. Wrappers.

Price £12.00


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George Eliot

The Legend of Jubal and other poems

Published by William Blackwood & Sons Edinburgh & London 1874

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

Name on half-title. Erratum slip. 16 pages adverts. Hinges weakened. Original cloth marked & worn, spine defective. Bookplate.

Price £32.00

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John Eliot

The Parlement of Pratlers: A Series of Elizabethan Dialogues and Monologues

illustrating Daily Life and the Conduct of a Gentleman on the Grand Tour

Ed. Jack Lindsay

Published by Fanfrolico 1928

Edition 1st such   Limitation 68/625

Condition Very good

’Extracted from Ortho-epia Gallica [1593] a book on the correct Pronunciation of the French Language.’ Quarter cloth. Some slight foxing. Some pages unopened.

Price £38.00

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T.S. Eliot

Ara Vus Prec

Published by Ovid Press London 1919

Edition 1st   Limitation 73/220 numbered (ex 264)

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

The first book printed by John Rodker, with decorated capitals and colophon by E.A.Wadsworth. Uncut edges somewhat darkened, title page and following page unopened. Light diagonal crease to top corner of some pages, perhaps a press fault. Text clean and bright, Wadsworth’s decorations sharply impressed. Upper hinge beginning to weaken. First issue binding: black paper-covered boards worn at edges and chipped on both faces, yellow cloth spine darkened, original title label present but virtually illegible.

Price £1,800.00


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