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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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Opal L. Nations

Hummi Grundi

The First Part of Two

Published by Edible 1971

Edition 1st   Limitation 100

Condition Very good

Letterpress printed rectos only, centre-stapled in wrappers with silkscreen image. The wrappers are worn and one small bruise carries through to early pages. Otherwise internally fine.

Price £30.00


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Opal L. Nations

Banners Death

Published by Beau Geste 1972

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Colophon: ‘Banners Death was printed after a Sat. hash-up (20 May) at Beau Geste Press by Opal and Ellen and Allen [Fisher] and Elaine and David [Mayor] and Mike and Felippe [Ehrenberg] [...].’ Multicoloured pages printed rectos only, each carrying Nations illustrations and some with text presumably also by him (although the copyright statement reads ‘the authors’). Side-stapled card covers with label silkscreened on newsprint. Covers slightly soiled, slight damage to protective tape spine. Internally fine.

Price £75.00


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Lorine Niedecker

Harpsichord & Salt-Fish

Ed. Jenny Penberthy

Published by Pig 1991

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Mottling to edges, a few marks on wrappers.

Price £25.00


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Lorine Niedecker

From This Condensery

The Complete Writing

Ed. Robert J. Bertholf

Published by Jargon 1985

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Cloth in dustjacket with slight nicks top edge.

Price £36.00

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Sylva Norman

Flight of the Skylark

The Development of Shelley’s Reputation

Published by Max Reinhardt & Oklahoma UP 1954

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Reading copy

Sound & internally clean reading copy, cloth in tattered dustjacket.

Price £12.00


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John Norris

A Collection of Miscellanies

Consisting of Poems, Essays, Discourses & Letters, Occasionally Written

Published by J.Crosley & Samuel Manship London 1692

Edition Second Edition Corrected

Format  Octavo   Condition Worn

4pp adverts. A heavy stain on bottom half of preliminaries faintly affects bottom edge throughout. Contemporary calf, sound but worn, particularly at head of spine. Lacks label.

Price £165.00

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Thomas Norton

Ordinal of Alchemy

Ed. John Reidy

Published by OUP for the Early English Text Soc. 1975

Edition 1st thus

Condition Near fine

Cloth in somewhat worn dustjacket discoloured at spine.

Price £20.00

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Jeff Nuttall


Published by Fulcrum 1969

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Preface by William S. Burroughs. Some old water-damage affecting cloth & endpapers, lacks dustjacket but a very good reading copy. Obituaries by John Calder & Michael Horovitz laid in.

Price £10.00


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