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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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[Alexander Pope]

An Essay on Man

Address’d to a Friend. Part I.

Published by J.Wilford London [1733]

Edition 1st

Format  Folio   Condition Very good

1st issue. Uncut. Some darkening to edges & top corner of title page, small stain p.11, slight horizontal crease throughout. Together with An Essay on Man, Epistle II, Wilford [1733], 1st issue, half-title, uncut, similar condition; and An Essay on Man, Epistle III, Wilford [1733]. the only folio issue, uncut, half-title darkened otherwise similar condition. Epistle III is disbound, I & II are stitched into old blue-grey wrappers now disintegrating & defective. Foxon P822, P833 & P840.

Price £600.00

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Ezra Pound

A Draft of XXX Cantos

Published by Faber 1933

Edition 1st UK

Condition Near fine

Original black cloth in dustjacket with chips at edges & fragment lost at foot of spine. The dustjacket is printed blue on red-orange, as called for, but is of later issue -- adverts on lower panel & flap list books published in the 1940s.

Price £60.00

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Ezra Pound

Canto CX

Published by L'Herne 1967

Edition 1st such   Limitation Y/26 hors commerce

Condition Fine

Parallel text with French translation by Pierre Alien. Quarto printed on Bellegarde paper. This copy unopened & unsewn, loose in original wrapper.

Price £90.00

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Ezra Pound

Section: Rock-Drill:

85-95 de los cantares

Published by Faber 1957

Edition 1st UK

Condition Very good

Internally near-fine, cloth in worn & frail dustjacket with internal repairs.

Price £26.00

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Ezra Pound


or, Une Revue de Deux Mondes

Published by Three Mountains 1923

Edition 1st   Limitation 220/300

Condition Very good

Printed on handmade watermarked Rives paper. This copy bound in original cloth-backed printed boards (many copies remained unbound). Boards somewhat rubbed & with slight wear at edges. Somewhat loosely bound (as usual), neat reinforcements to first & last signatures. A few slight marks to otherwise very clean pages.

Price £550.00

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Ezra Pound

Thrones: 96-109 de los cantares

Published by Faber 1960

Edition 1st UK

Condition Very good

Faintly musty, top edge slightly spotted, upper board slightly sprung. Slightly darkened dustjacket with very small tear bottom edge.

Price £20.00


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Ezra Pound

Antheil and the Treatise on Harmony

Published by Three Mountains Press Paris 1924

Edition 1st   Limitation 400

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Gallup A24a. Original red wrappers printed in black, printed price 10 Fr. upper right corner. Untrimmed edges and margins somewhat darkened. The binding is frail and the first few pages slightly loosened. Slight bruising and rubbing to wrappers but very good considering. The title page has been extravagantly inscribed in black ink by the author, the inscription running to all four margins; it reads ‘To certify that E Swainson having bought same refused 10 fr. reimbursement. The authors increased esteem EPound 1924’.

Price £1,750.00


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Ezra Pound

Seventy Cantos

Published by Faber & Faber London 1950

Edition 1st English

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Gallup A61b. Original cloth in price-clipped dustjacket. Endpapers and top edge slightly foxed but internally fine. Dustjacket chipped at edges and darkened at spine. Dustjacket flaps glued to pastedowns. Also glued to rear pastedown is an envelope postmarked Washington DC 1953 addressed in Pound’s hand to Professor J.Mavrogordato of Exeter College Oxford. It contains an approx. 100-word typed letter without greeting or signature, hand-corrected in two places, from Pound to Mavrogordato; Pound is responding to Mavrogordato’s translation of C.P.Cavafy’s poems -- he says ‘I don’t make out (and ignorant of modern greek am unlikely to make out) whether the actual use of language is due to C. or to J.M.’ etc. Mavrogordato’s bookplate on front pastedown and his note of purchase on front endpaper, Oxford September 16 1953.

Price £450.00


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