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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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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Letters from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Elizabeth Hitchener

Now First Published. With an Introduction and Notes.

Ed. Bertram Dobell

Published by Bertram Dobell London 1908

Edition 1st thus, large paper issue

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Edges foxed & some internal foxing. Original cloth darkening at spine. Originally published by T.J.Wise in an edition limited to 30 copies 1900.

Price £75.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Prose Works

From the Original Editions

Ed. Richard Herne Shepherd

Published by Chatto & Windus 1888

Edition 1st, large paper edition   Limitation 95/100

Condition Near fine

In two volumes. Uncut. Recent quarter morocco with gilt.

Price £130.00

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Works

with His Life. In Two Volumes

Published by John Ascham London 1834

Edition 1st

Format  Duodecimo   Condition Very good

No half-titles. Frontispiece Volume 1 foxed and stained. Preliminaries somewhat soiled both volumes. 19th century morocco with gilt, rubbed, particularly at spine ends. Name in both volumes.

Price £210.00

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Percy Bysshe Shelley


An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

Published by Noel Douglas 1927

Edition Facsimile reprint   Limitation 6/100

Format  Quarto   Condition Good

Facsimile of the first edition, Pisa 1821. Printed on handmade rag paper, uncut, original vellum binding. Page edges slightly darkened, boards somewhat warped and darkened at spine. Bookplate.

Price £55.00

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Shelley Correspondence in the Bodleian Library

Ed. R.H. Hill

Published by The Bodleian Library Oxford 1926

Edition 1st

Format  Quarto   Condition Near fine

Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley and others, mainly unpublished, from the Collection presented to the Library by Lady Shelley in 1892; with a chronological table of the collection and a list of other Shelley manuscripts & relics in the library. Some occasional foxing otherwise a fine copy in original wrappers.

Price £50.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Posthumous Poems of Shelley

Mary Shelley’s Fair Copy Book Bodleian MS. Shelley adds. d.9

Ed. Irving Massey

Published by McGill-Queen's UP Montreal 1969

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Near fine

The text of the Copy Book reproduced in full and collated with the major printed versions and the holograph drafts. Cloth in price-clipped dustjacket somewhat darkened at spine.

Price £28.00


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Lady [Jane] Shelley (editor)

Shelley Memorials

From Authentic Sources

Published by Smith, Elder & Co. London 1859

Edition 2nd with addition

Condition Near fine

Includes the first printing of P.B.Shelley’s An Essay on Christianity. Portrait frontispiece. Errata leaf. Small rectangle cut from bottom corner of page 1 without textual loss otherwise internally fine and with Lady Shelley’s inscription to Charles Kegan Paul on title page. All edges red. Quarter vellum and red boards somewhat rubbed, gilt a little dulled but binding sound with undamaged label. Despite the ascription the book was probably largely the work of Richard Garnett.

Price £175.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley (translator)

Euripedes’ The Cyclops: A Satyric Drama

Published by Liverpool UP 1908

Edition 1st thus

Condition Very good

Published for performance by students at Liverpool University. Text pages virtually mint, uncut, sewn with ribbon into considerably larger wrappers now heavily darkened. Some loss to ribbon but binding unaffected.

Price £25.00


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