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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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Tom Raworth

Lion Lion


Published by Trigram 1970

Edition 1st, paperback issue

Condition Near fine

Simultaneous paperback edition. Author’s inscription on second half-title: ‘Dear Lee [Harwood] / See you on the corner opposite China / about half past november / [2 arrows pointing in opposite directions] / love / Tom / [illegible placename] Nov 6/70’. Upper wrapper somewhat mottled at fore-edge, internally fine.

Price £120.00


48pp


List ref
WB1537

Tom Raworth

Catacoustics


Published by Street Editions 1991

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers.

Price £25.00


44pp


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WB2162

Kenneth Rexroth

The Phoenix and the Tortoise


Published by New Directions 1944

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Edges slightly darkened. A few inconspicuous marks to cloth, original spine label darkened.

Price £20.00


List ref
WB534

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


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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


List ref
WB565

 

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