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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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Kenneth Rexroth

Beyond the Mountains

Four Plays: Phaedra, Hermaois, Iphigenia, Berenike


Published by Routledge [1951?]

Edition 1st UK

Condition Very good

New Directions sheets [1951] with Routledge title page, yellow cloth in New Directions ‘Direction Series’ dustjacket. Dustjacket rubbed.

Price £20.00


List ref
WB1177

Kenneth Rexroth

The Dragon and the Unicorn


Published by New Directions 1952

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Boards in rubbed & chipped dustjacket.

Price £20.00


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WB1178

Kenneth Rexroth

In Defense of the Earth


Published by New Directions 1956

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Cloth mottled, dustjacket darkened at edges & with missing fragments top edge. Author’s signed inscription on fly to the poet D.S.Savage, Mevagissey, summer 1959. Laid in is a 2-page signed typescript of Rexroth’s 90-line poem ‘Lament for Dylan Thomas’; this appears in the book as the 4th section of the Thomas memorial poem ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’. Also laid in is a signed typescript letter of approximately 900 words from Rexroth to Savage, on airmail paper postmarked Jan 22 1951; the letter includes an anecdote about Thomas and remarks about Herbert Read, the Anarchist Congress in Paris, mysticism, alchemy, A.E.Waite, Henry Miller and ‘how close the USA is to war. I think there is very little chance of them not starting it in the next two or three months’.

Price £150.00


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WB1179

Thomas Richards, anonymously

Choirochorographia: Sive, Hoglandiae Descriptio


Published London 1709

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

A reply to Edward Holdsworth’s ‘Muscipula’. Engraving of hog on title page. 1p mock adverts with ink-smudge. Closely cropped, losing a fraction of title page image & many catchwords but text not affected. In modern marbled boards. Foxon R195.

Price £40.00


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WB412

Laura Riding

Description of Life


Published by Targ 1980

Edition 1st   Limitation 350 signed

Condition Near fine

Original quarter cloth in original tissue dustjacket considerably darkened & with small nicks.

Price £85.00


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WB565

Laura Riding

Twenty Poems Less


Published by Hours Press 1930

Edition 1st   Limitation 136/200 signed

Condition Near fine

Covers by Len Lye. Leather-backed boards, some scuffs to leather. Edges slightly darkened.

Price £250.00


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WB949

Sophie Robinson

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Published by Les Figues 2009

Edition 1st

Condition Mint

Wrappers.

Price £11.00


68pp


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WB1260

Samuel Rogers

The Poetical Works


Published by Edward Moxon London 1848

Edition 1st collected

Format  Duodecimo   Condition Near fine

Author’s inscription on second blank ‘To Mrs [illegible] Robinson from her affectionate friend Samuel Rogers. Sept 15, 1851’. No half-title. Pastedowns slightly foxed. All edges gilt. Gilt-decorated morocco binding very slightly rubbed at joints and corners.

Price £70.00


377pp


List ref
WB1991

 

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