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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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Ralph Hawkins

At Last Away

Published by Galloping Dog 1988

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Cover by Graham Martin. Wrappers.

Price £10.00


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William Hayley

The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.

with an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper

Published by J.Johnson London 1803/4

Edition 1st

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

Complete in three volumes. Volume III has Vol II Second Edition title page dated 1803, the volume number corrected to ‘III’ by hand. Six engravings by William Blake, five after Rumney, Heins, Lawrence, Stone & Flaxman; the sixth, ‘The Weather-house’, also drawn by Blake, is misplaced, appearing at the end of Volume I rather than page 415 of Volume II. ‘A Sketch of the Monument’ bound facing Volume III frontispiece. Half-titles to all volumes. Internally very good indeed. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, gilt-decorated spines; some wear to joints, particularly Volume I which also has slight loss to leather at foot of upper board although the binding remains sound. Small bookplate of John Rutherford of Edgerston.

Price £600.00

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William  Hazlitt

Characters of Shakespear’s Plays

Published by Hunter & Ollier London 1817

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

No half-title. Some slight foxing. Contemporary half calf, gilt spine slightly rubbed, upper board starting to detach.

Price £88.00

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William Hazlitt

Lectures on the English Poets

Delivered at the Surrey Institution

Published by Taylor & Hessey 1819

Edition 2nd

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Bound with ‘Lectures on the English Comic Writers’, 1st edition, same publisher & date. No half-titles. Some slight foxing & soiling. Contemporary calf, rebacked, original spine laid down.

Price £185.00

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Randolph Healy

Arbor Vitae

Published by Wild Honey 1997

Edition 1st   Limitation 68/100 signed

Condition Fine


Price £22.00


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Randolph Healy

Rana! Rana!

Twelve Poems

Published by Wild Honey 1997

Edition 1st   Limitation 88/150 signed

Condition Fine


Price £20.00


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Randolph Healy

25 Poems

Published by The Beau 1983

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Wrappers, fine in dustjacket discoloured at spine.

Price £25.00


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George Herbert

The Temple:

Sacred Poems & Private Ejaculations

Ed. Francis Meynell

Published by Nonesuch 1927

Edition 1st such   Limitation 1500

Format  Octavo   Condition Near fine

The first publication of the manuscript in the Bodleian Library. This copy blind-stamped on colophon ‘out of series for review’. Portrait frontispiece offset on title page. Endpapers darkened. Top & fore-edge gilt, top edge slightly dusty. In original brocade cloth over boards, spine somewhat darkened.

Price £78.00

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