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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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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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Sophie Robinson


Published by Les Figues 2009

Edition 1st

Condition Mint


Price £11.00


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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


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Irving Rosenthal (editor)

Big Table 1

Published by Big Table 1959

Edition 1st

Condition Good

The contributors are Jack Kerouac (Old Angel Midnight), William Burroughs (Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch), Edward Dahlberg & Gregory Corso. Wrappers & edges worn & soiled but internally a very good & sound copy.

Price £28.00


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William Michael Rossetti

A Memoir of Shelley (with a Fresh Preface)

Published by Shelley Society London 1886

Edition 1st such

Condition Near fine

Shelley Society Publication IV.2. Untrimmed. Exceptionally clean text. Some foxing to edges, original paper-covered boards slightly darkened, name on title page. Two engravings with tissue guards. Laid in is a flier for Rossetti’s 3-volume edition of Shelley’s Complete Poetical Works, in which the memoir first appeared.

Price £40.00


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Jerome Rothenberg

The Directions

with Tom Phillips

Published by Tetrad 1970

Edition 1st   Limitation 500

Condition Near fine

Poem by Rothenberg with screenprint images by Phillips. Broadside folded to quarto, outer sides slightly rubbed.

Price £16.00

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Jerome Rothenberg

The Riverside Interviews 4

Ed. Gavin Selerie

Published by Binnacle 1984

Edition 1st   Limitation 10 copies numbered & signed

Condition Fine

Interviews by Eric Mottram & Gavin Selerie, with transcript of Rothenberg’s talk Innovation & Disruption As Ritual Modes. B/w photos throughout. Signed in this limitation by Rothenberg, Mottram & Selerie.

Price £30.00


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George Sandys

Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologiz’d, And Represented in Figures

An Essay to the Translation of Virgil’s Aeneis

Published by John Lichfield Oxford 1632

Edition 1st such

Format  Folio   Condition Very good

The third (second authorised) edition of Sandys’ Ovid but the first illustrated and including the Virgil translation. Frontispiece engraved by Salaman Savery after Francisco Clein. Sixteen other engravings, one preceding the Life of Ovid and one for each Book of the poem. The plate to Book I has been repaired on the reverse. Staining to O3 slightly affects facing plate (to Book IV). C2 & C3 transposed. Sigs. E & F and their pagination incoherently numbered but textually continuous and without loss. Overall a very good copy with marbled edges and endpapers, bound in later half vellum with recent label, marbled boards somewhat abraded and spine somewhat darkened.

Price £1,250.00

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