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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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Joshua Sylvester

Bartas His Deuine Weekes & Workes Translated

Published by Humfrey Lownes London 1608

Edition 2nd collected

Format  Quarto   Condition Good

This edition adds The History of Judith translated by Tho. Hudson. Considerable loss to bottom corner of engraved title page. A8 loose. Some extensive ink underlining etc up to p.145, some pencil underlining thereafter. A little worming. Somewhat worn contemporary calf with gilt, modern reback.

Price £185.00

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Joshua Sylvester

The Complete Works

Ed. Alexander B. Grosart

Published by AMS New York 1967

Edition Facsimile reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Fine

Complete in 2 volumes, 263 + 438pp. With memorial-introduction, notes and illustrations, glossarial index etc. First published in the Chertsey Worthies Library, 1880. Cloth. A few small faint stains on fore-edges otherwise virtually mint.

Price £45.00

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Edward Taylor

The Poems

Ed. Donald E. Stanford

Published by Yale UP New Haven 1961

Edition 2nd printing

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Original cloth slightly darkened, also page edges. A few brief pencil annotations to the Miscellaneous Poems pp.463-6. Owner’s initials on fly.

Price £22.00


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Charles H. Taylor, Jr.

The Early Collected Editions of Shelley’s Poetry

A Study in the History and Transmission of the Printed Text

Published by Yale UP New Haven 1958

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Cloth, a near-fine copy in darkened dustjacket, heavily darkened at spine. Cutting of TLS review 19.6.59 laid down on rear pastedown.

Price £40.00


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Martin Thom

Ceremonial Devices

Published by Many Press 1976

Edition 1st   Limitation 200

Condition Near fine

A5 mimeo centre-stapled in wrappers. Wrappers slightly rubbed, internally fine. Author’s inscription on title page ‘for Peter with best wishes & thanks / Martin’ and with Peter Riley’s neat stamp.

Price £20.00


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R. S. Thomas

Laboratories of the Spirit

Published by Macmillan 1975

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Boards in dustjacket with slight wear & sunned at spine as usual.

Price £25.00

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R. S. Thomas

The Way of It

Published by Ceolfrith 1977

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Drawings by Barry Hirst. Wrappers slightly rubbed.

Price £15.00

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James Thomson

The Four Seasons, and Other Poems

Published by J.Millan & A.Miller London 1735

Edition 1st thus

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

As issued with general title page for a collection of printings separately paginated: Spring, 2nd edition 1731; Summer, 4th edition with additions 1735; Autumn, 2nd edition 1730; Winter etc., 1734 reprint. 4 frontispieces. A number of small neat pencil crosses alongside text. Later half morocco, somewhat rubbed, upper joint abraded. Notes on preliminary.

Price £55.00

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