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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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Julian Blaine

Essai sur la Sculpturale

Published by Galerie Denise Davy n.d.

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine


Price £10.00

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Robert Blair

The Grave

A Poem Illustrated by twelve Etchings

Published by R.Ackerman London 1813

Edition Second

Condition Very good

Plates engraved by L.Schiavonetti after the original inventions of William Blake. Blake portrait frontispiece by Schiavonetti after T.Phillips. Engraved title (The Skeleton Re-animated) from the 1808 edition. Printed title page with Montgomery quotation on verso. 1p dedication to the Queen by Blake. 8pp list of subscribers from 1808 edition. 2pp advertisement signed R.H.Cromek. 2pp comments by Henry Fuseli. 15pp biographical sketch of Blair, 14pp biographical sketch of Schiavonetti, 10pp biographical sketch of Cromek. 37pp text of poem. The 4pp commentary Of The Design interleaved among the remaining 11 plates. Some occasional slight soiling & foxing to page edges but the sequenced plates remain clean and bright; some light foxing does affect the portrait and engraved title. Top edge gilt. Later but not recent half-morocco binding with marbled boards and endpapers, the boards and edges somewhat rubbed. Gilt-decorated spine with raised bands still bright.

Price £950.00

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William Blake

The Book of Thel

Published by Victor Gollancz / Payson & Clarke London 1928

Edition 1st thus   Limitation 937/1700

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

Facsimile reproduced from the copy in the British Museum. Original gilt-decorated black cloth rubbed, internally near-fine.

Price £30.00

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William Blake


Published by Trianon 1974

Edition 1st such   Limitation 308/558

Condition Fine

Full-colour facsimile. Original quarter morocco in slipcase.

Price £300.00

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William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Published by Dent 1932

Edition 1st thus

Condition Good

Colour facsimile reproduced from an original copy printed & illuminated by the author in 1793 now in the British Museum. With a Note by John Middleton Murry. Original cloth heavily soiled, internally very good.

Price £16.00

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William Blake

Illustrations to the Divine Comedy of Dante

Published by The National Art-Collectors Fund London 1922

Edition 1st   Limitation 250

Format  Folio   Condition Near fine

Collotype reproductions, 102 b/w plates + 1 col., with title page, Introduction & List of Plates. Printed on deckle-edge wove paper, large folio. The title page & verso of the final plate are darkened; slight darkening to all edges not affecting the plates which are in fine condition. The sheets are loose as issued in the original folding case which is considerably worn, frayed & stained but with the original tie still intact.

Price £1,500.00

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William Blake

The Writings

Ed. Geoffrey Keynes

Published by Nonesuch 1927

Edition 1st such   Limitation 500/1500

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

Complete in three volumes. 58 b/w plates. Uncut edges somewhat dusty & spotted. Quarter vellum, vellum darkened & somewhat soiled, Volume II considerably rubbed. Glue discolouration to marbled boards. Internally near-fine.

Price £295.00

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William Blake

Pencil Drawings

Ed. Geoffrey Keynes

Published by Nonesuch 1927

Edition 1st   Limitation 1208/1500

Format  Quarto   Condition Near fine

82 pages of collotype plates, one printed in red, with facing comments by Keynes. Uncut edges slightly dusty. Half canvas lettered in black, slightly rubbed.

Price £150.00

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