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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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Thomas Warton

The History of English Poetry

from the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Century

Published by Ward, Lock, & Co. London n.d.

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

A full reprint, text and notes, of the London edition, 1778 & 1781. 24pp adverts. Some foxing to pastedowns and preliminaries but generally a clean sound copy in original two-tone cloth rubbed at extremities & dulled at gilt-lettered spine.

Price £20.00


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John Webster

The Dramatic Works

Ed. William Hazlitt

Published by Reeves & Turner (Library of Old Authors) London 1897

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Complete in 4 volumes. Uncut. Original buckram with gilt. Page edges darkened.

Price £80.00

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Philip Whalen

Heavy Breathing: Poems 1967-1980

Published by Four Seasons 1983

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Wrappers, spine discoloured.

Price £12.00


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Paul Whitehead

Manners: A Satire

Published by R.Dodsley London 1739

Edition 1st edition 1st issue

Format  Folio   Condition Very good

The correct first edition with two ornaments on p.[3]. Disbound. Lacks half-title but a very good clean copy.

Price £100.00


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Paul Whitehead (anonymously)

The State Dunces

Inscrib’d to Mr. Pope

Published by J.Dickenson London 1733

Edition 1st?

Format  Folio   Condition Very good

Page 18 blank, F1 signed. Foxon’s identification of this as the second of the five 1733 editions has been convincingly challenged by William B. Todd: it is probably the first. Disbound. Small scuffed hole, without loss, on final leaf. Later editions contain a second part which is generally ascribed to a different hand.

Price £150.00


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[William Whitehead]


A Tale, for Married People

Published by J.Dodsley London 1776

Edition 1st

Format  Quarto   Condition Good

Disbound. No half-title. Last page soiled.

Price £40.00

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Jonathan Williams

A Hairy Coat Near Yanwath Yat

Published by N.p. 1978

Edition 1st   Limitation 150

Condition Near fine

Broadside printed for his reading at North Carolina Wesleyan College, April 25, 1978. Slight bruise & discolouration top corner.

Price £12.00

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Jonathan Williams

Imaginary Postcards

(Clints Grikes Gripes Glints)

Published by Privately 1972

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Title page states ‘Texts by Jonathan Williams [...] / Images by Tom Phillips / Typography & Design by Asa Benveniste / Trigram Press, London, 1972’ but this is not a Trigram book, predating the (withdrawn) Trigram edition by 3 years. It is one of Williams’ homemade editions, quarto mimeo bound in spiral plastic spine. Colophon: ‘A few copies of this "Colonel Sanders/Xerox 4000 Edition" have been prepared [...] for friends and Lamed-Vovnicks [...] The postcards included here are from JW’s collection and have nothing to do with the Tom Phillips works to be included in the forthcoming book.’ This copy inscribed ‘Cousin Roy’s copy [i.e. Roy Fisher] love from Lord Bent of Dent C[orn] C[lose] Oct 72.’ The print is the usual photocopy grey of the period. Paper covers, upper protected by acetate overlay clipped top corner. Some loss to head of plastic spine, binding loosening top & bottom edges but still a well-preserved copy.

Price £450.00


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