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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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John Gay

Poems on Several Occasions

Published by Tonson & Lintot London 1720

Edition 1st

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

2 volumes bound in one, both title pages (in red & black) present. Volume I title page offset on frontispiece. Subscribers list. Frontispieces to The Shepherd’s Week & Dione. Some offsetting throughout as usual. B3 stained. Some scattered foxing. Contemporary diced quarter calf, wear at extremities, slight loss at head of spine. Bookplate.

Price £130.00

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John Gay


Published by Tonson & Watts London 1733

Edition 4th

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

No half-title. Vignette to title page & to each fable, tailpieces throughout. Some soiling & marginal tears without loss. Contemporary calf worn at extremities, lacks label.

Price £48.00

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M.G. Gifford

The Manner of Sir Philip Sidneyes Death

Written by his Chaplain M.G.Gifford

Published by New Bodleian Library Oxford 1959

Edition 1st   Limitation 16/50 hand-printed

Condition Near fine

The first publication of this text from the Ickwell Bury MS. Wrappers slightly rubbed. Laid in is a short handwritten letter from Dr B.E.Juel-Jensen referring to the pamphlet as ‘this trifle in the printing of which I lent a (very minor) hand. The master printer is Prof. Herbert Davis ...’

Price £36.00

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Thomas Gisborne

Walks in a Forest, and Other Poems

Published by Cadell & Davies London 1813

Edition Eighth, with additions

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

Adds some poems not before published. No half-title. Internally very good but gilt-decorated tree calf rubbed & upper board detached. Name on first blank.

Price £25.00

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Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Faustus, A Dramatic Mystery;

The Bride of Corinth; The First Walpurgis Night

Published by Longman, Rees et al London 1835

Edition 1st

Condition Worn

Translated and illustrated with notes by John Anster. Soiling to title & some later pages. Folding plate facing p.394 darkened. Contemporary half calf & marbled boards badly worn, backstrip rotted. Worcester Library bookplate.

Price £30.00

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Oliver Goldsmith

The Traveller, A Poem

Published by T.Carnan & E.Newbery London 1770

Edition Reprint

Condition Good

Disbound. Half-title. Title page vignette. Some light staining at edges. Owners’ names on half-title & title page.

Price £40.00

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Oliver Goldsmith

The Deserted Village

Published by W.Griffin London 1770

Edition Reprint

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

One of five reprints in year of publication. Disbound. Half-title & lower blank. Title page vignette.

Price £50.00

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Oliver Goldsmith

The Poetical Works

with William Collins, Thomas Warton

Ed. Rev. George Gilfillan

Published by James Nichol Edinburgh 1854

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

With Lives, Critical Dissertations & Explanatory Notes. Half-title preceded by 12pp of adverts & notices. Pastedowns bubbled, owner’s name & date. Some slight wear to original blind-decorated cloth, gilt spine lettering slightly dulled.

Price £15.00


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