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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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[Samuel Garth]

A Compleat Key to the Seventh Edition of The Dispensary

Published by J.Roberts London 1716

Edition Reprint (1st pub. 1714)

Format  Duodecimo   Condition Very good

No half-title. Disbound but a clean copy. Includes Garth’s A Prologue Designed for Tamerlane.

Price £30.00

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David  Gascoyne

Three Remanences

Published by Privately printed 1994

Edition 1st   Limitation 85 numbered & signed by the author

Condition Fine

Printed at the Tragara Press for Alan Clodd. Wrappers in patterned dustjacket with title label. Inconspicuous glue-marks around label.

Price £60.00


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Lorand Gaspar

Four Poems

Published by Oasis & Shearsman 1993

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Translated by Peter Riley. Wrappers.

Price £5.00


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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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Glenda George

The Corpse of Elmer McCurdy

Published by Zunne Heft n.d. [c. 1980]

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

A4 mimeo printed rectos only, side-stapled in wrappers with full-page illustrated label glued on. Some ageing but still a very good copy.

Price £15.00


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Michael Gibbs (editor)

Deciphering America: a travelling collection

Published by Kontexts 1978

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Landscape format. Edges & title page spotted, wrappers darkened but internally very good. Contributors include Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Ray DiPalma, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Richard Kostelanetz, Jackson Mac Low, Steve McCaffery, Opal L. Nations, bpNichol, Jerome Rothenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Ron Silliman & Lawrence Weiner.

Price £18.00


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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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