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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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Drew Milne

Sheet Mettle

Published by Alfred David 1994

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Boards in slightly worn dustjacket.

Price £10.00


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John Milton

Literae Pseudo-Senatus Anglicani, Cromwellii

Reliquorumque Perduellium nomine ac jussu conscriptae a Joanne Miltono

Published by N.p. 1676

Edition undetermined

Format  Duodecimo   Condition Very good

’Face’ device on title page, one of two editions issued in year of publication (Grolier 620: ‘there is no way of determining which was the earlier publication’). 18th century half calf worn at corners & edges but still a nice tight copy.

Price £100.00

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John Milton

Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

Published by H.Daniel Oxford 1894

Edition 1st thus   Limitation 187/200

Condition Near fine

Small quarto. Top edge gilt. Uncut & partly unopened. A few small spots otherwise fine in contemporary olive green morocco with gilt.

Price £150.00

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John Milton

Poems in English with Illustrations by William Blake

Published by Nonesuch 1926

Edition 1st such   Limitation 747/1450

Condition Very good

Two volumes printed on Van Gelder rag paper. Blake illustrations chosen by Geoffrey Keynes & reproduced in collotype. Top & uncut edges somewhat darkened. Original paper-covered boards wearing at edges & somewhat rubbed, art-vellum backstrips darkened & rubbed. Small circular stamp of Edinburgh Academic Library on all 4 endpapers. Nice clean copies internally.

Price £185.00

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John Milton

The Works

Published London 1697

Edition 1st collected

Format  Quarto   Condition Good

I.e. the prose works. Separate title pages all dated 1697. General title page & contents page soiled & half an inch missing at foot of both -- repaired & with replacement pieces, the title page mounted. Repairs to last two leaves. A few ink marks in margins. Rubbed half calf, upper joint cracked but held by cords. Lacks spine label. Bookplate of Alan Lubbock.

Price £340.00

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John  Milton

On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

Milton’s Hymn, with illustrations by William Blake

with William Blake

Published by Whittington & Angscot 1981

Edition 1st such   Limitation 154/325

Format  Quarto   Condition Fine

Includes a note on the illustrations by Martin Butlin. Tipped-in colour plates (6 full page, 1 quarter page) printed by offset lithography at the Senecio Press, text printed on a special making of Barcham Green handmade paper. Quarter bound in vellum & buckram with marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. In original slipcase, part faded.

Price £180.00

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John Milton

The Manuscript of Milton’s Paradise Lost Book I

Ed. Helen Darbishire

Published by Clarendon Oxford 1931

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Collotype facsimile of the manuscript, written by an amanuensis & corrected by several hands, with facing 1st edition text. 38pp introduction by Darbishire. A few scattered pencil notes. Top edge slightly dusty. Cloth in soiled & torn dustjacket.

Price £75.00

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John Milton

Paradise Lost. A New Edition

Ed. Richard Bentley, D.D.

Published by Jacob Tonson London 1732

Edition 1st such

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

Includes both portraits engraved by G.Vertue, both suffering some offsetting. No half-title. Some slight staining bottom edge. Worming to top corner last two leaves. Extraneous calligraphic leaf bound in following Mm4. Contemporary calf with gilt spine, boards scuffed and stained.

Price £375.00

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