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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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Roy Fisher

Four Poems

Published by Pig Hasty 1976

Edition 1st   Limitation approx. 75

Condition Fine

Published for his Colpitts reading November 1976. A5 mimeo centre-stapled in paper wrappers. Very slight bruising bottom edge.

Price £20.00


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Allen Fisher (editor)

Strange Faeces 8

Published by Strange Faeces 1972

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Besides Allen Fisher’s several contributions, including front & back covers, contributors include Claude Pelieu, Charles Plymell, Jeff Nuttall, Mark Hyatt, Opal L. Nations, Kris Hemensley & Ed Sanders. Unpaginated, 90 full pages + various inserts & tip-ins. Side-stapled A4 mimeo.

Price £28.00

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Edward Fitzgerald


Published by Houghton, Mifflin & Quaritch New York, Boston & London 1887

Edition 1st, small paper edition

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Reprinted from the original impressions, with some corrections derived from his own annotated copies. In two volumes. Portrait frontispiece. One hinge weakened. Original blue cloth. Spine labels darkened & slightly rubbed. Preliminaries slightly foxed.

Price £100.00

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Phineas Fletcher

Piscatory Eclogues, with other Poetical Miscellanies

Illustrated with Notes, Critical & Explanatory

Ed. A.E. Tytler

Published by A.Kincaid & W.Creech Edinburgh 1771

Edition 1st thus

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Title page vignette. Slight foxing to preliminaries. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt, label chipped, upper joint weakened by worming. Bookplate.

Price £50.00

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Phineas Fletcher

The Purple Island, or The Isle of Man

An Allegorical Poem

Published by N.p. London 1783

Edition 1st thus

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

Corrected and revised, with additional Notes by the Editor. Includes ‘Christ’s Victory and Triumph’, A Poem, in Four Parts, by Giles Fletcher. Somewhat worn contemporary calf, joints shaky. Neat stamp of university library, donation label, etc.

Price £65.00

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Giles Fletcher

Poetical Works Volume II

with Phineas Fletcher

Ed. Frederick Boas

Published by Cambridge UP 1970

Edition Reprint

Condition Near fine

This volume only (of 2): the poems of Phineas Fletcher first published in 1633 or later, i.e. The Purple Island, Piscatorie Elegies and shorter poems. Original blue cloth, internally fine copy in slightly scuffed dustjacket discoloured at spine.

Price £25.00


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John Ford

The Dramatic Works, in Two Volumes

With Notes Critical and Explanatory

Ed. W. Gifford

Published by Murray London 1827

Edition 1st thus

Format  Octavo   Condition Worn

Includes Fame’s Memorial and Verses to the Memory of Ben Jonson. Some water-staining, otherwise clean texts. All edges gilt. Presentation calf bindings in poor condition: Volume I rebacked; Volume II with both boards detached & disintegrating backstrip.

Price £50.00

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H. Buxton Forman

The Shelley Library

An Essay in Bibliography

Published by Haskell House New York 1971

Edition Facsimile reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Near fine

First published by the Shelley Society 1886. Designated as Part I but all published: Shelley’s own books, pamphlets and broadsides, posthumous separate issues and posthumous books wholly or mainly by him. Cloth.

Price £18.00


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