West House Books

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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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Carl Rakosi

The Earth Suite

Published by Etruscan 1997

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Clothbound subscribers’ copy in dustjacket. Drawings by Basil King.

Price £12.00


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Thomas Randolph


With the Muses Looking-Glasse, And Amyntas

Published by Francis Bowman Oxford 1640

Edition Second Edition Enlarged

Condition Good

Small octavo. Adds 12 poems (including Cleveland’s ‘Upon a Hermaphrodite’) to the 1638 edition. Lacks the engraved general title page, replaced by holograph, others present. Collates A2-K8, A-N4 correctly but does not include ‘The Jealous Lovers’ (Cambridge 1640) present in some copies. Pages somewhat darkened, a few slightly soiled, some headlines shaved. Still a good copy bound in modern crackle-grain calf.

Price £85.00

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Tom Raworth


Published by Street Editions 1991

Edition 1st

Condition Fine


Price £25.00


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Tom Raworth

A Serial Biography

Published by Turtle Island 1977

Edition Reprint, 1st thus

Condition Near fine

Wrappers slightly soiled.

Price £10.00


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Tom Raworth

All Fours

Published by Microbrigade 1991

Edition 1st   Limitation 250

Condition Near fine

Cover by author. Staples rusty, wrappers slightly rubbed.

Price £12.00


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Tom Raworth

Lion Lion

Published by Trigram 1970

Edition 1st, paperback issue

Condition Near fine

Simultaneous paperback edition. Author’s inscription on second half-title: ‘Dear Lee [Harwood] / See you on the corner opposite China / about half past november / [2 arrows pointing in opposite directions] / love / Tom / [illegible placename] Nov 6/70’. Upper wrapper somewhat mottled at fore-edge, internally fine.

Price £120.00


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Carlyle Reedy

Obituaries and Celebrations

Published by Words Worth 1995

Edition 1st   Limitation 121/300 signed

Condition Near fine

Contains ‘a little visual event’, different in each copy, as called for. Partly faded cloth with silver design on upper board, spine lettered silver. Laid in is a postcard-size drawing signed by the author & titled in her hand; also a folded card with colour illustration, an invitation to her exhibition at the Masbro Centre 2004, with her brief als to Lee Harwood; and also an envelope addressed to Harwood in Hove containing an approx 250-word als and ephemera.

Price £40.00


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Kenneth Rexroth

In What Hour

Published by Macmillan 1940

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

His first book. Author’s signed inscription on fly to the poet D.S.Savage ‘in comradeship & affection’. Lacks dustjacket. Edges slightly dusty & darkened, a few spots of foxing. Spine faded, part fading also to cloth on upper & lower boards.

Price £150.00

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