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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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F.S. Ellis

A Lexical Concorance to the Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

An attempt to classify every word found therein according to its signification

Published by Bernard Quaritch London 1892

Edition 1st

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

Ex library with labels on both pastedowns and a few discreet stamps to text. Text clean and bright, untrimmed fore-edge slightly dusty, dulled top edge gilt. Two-tone cloth-covered boards, corners slightly bumped, library reference at foot of spine. Label laid down on front endpaper with inscription ‘To W.M.Rossetti Esq With kindest regards F.S.Ellis 1892’.

Price £85.00


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William Empson

The Gathering Storm

Published by Faber 1940

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Cloth, lacks dustjacket. A somewhat tired copy. Unrelated inscription on pastedown.

Price £10.00

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William Empson

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Published by Chatto 1947

Edition 2nd, revised & reset

Condition Very good

Cloth discoloured at spine, lacks dustjacket. Owner’s name & date on fly.

Price £10.00

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David V. Erdman

A Concordance to the Writings of William Blake

Published by Cornell UP Ithaca, New York, 1967

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Complete in two volumes, 1146 + 2317pp. Original maroon cloth lettered silver, as issued without dustjacket. Top edges slightly dusty and bottom edges show some shelf soiling, otherwise a fine set. Inscription on Volume I fly.

Price £115.00

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Clayton Eshleman

Mistress Spirit

Published by Arundel 1989

Edition 1st, wrappers issue   Limitation 600

Condition Fine

Price £12.00


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Gavin Ewart

The Gavin Ewart Show

Published by Trigram 1971

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers with wrap-round band announcing PBS Choice with Trigram Press list on verso. PBS Bulletin with author’s statement laid in.

Price £12.50


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Edward Fairfax (translator)

Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered: or Godfrey of Bulloign

An Heroic Poem

Published by J.Clark et al London 1749

Edition Fourth

Condition Near fine

[xxiv], 500 + Glossary & Index. No half-title. Nice copy in later gilt-decorated morocco, all edges gilt.

Price £45.00

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Francis Fawkes

Original Poems and Translations

Published by Printed for the Author London 1761

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Title page vignette. Subscribers list includes Garrick, Johnson, Shenstone, Smollet, Sterne, T.Warton & Warburton. Errata slip. Contemporary calf, joints tender. Includes translations of three Latin poems by Christopher Smart and An Account of Gawin Douglas with two translations from his Scots.

Price £135.00

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