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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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Basil Bunting

What the Chairman Told Tom

Published by Pym-Randall 1967

Edition 1st   Limitation 26 lettered & signed (ex 226)

Condition Near fine

Letter Y, additionally designated ‘Gael’s’ (i.e. Gael Turnbull). Pages faintly darkened, wrappers slightly discoloured at edges.

Price £200.00

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Gilbert Burnet

Some Passages in the Life and Death of John Earl of Rochester

With a Sermon preached at the funeral of the said Earl by the Rev. Robert Parson

Published by W.Baynes London 1820

Edition 1st such?

Condition Good

Prefixed by ‘two criticisms of the writings of the Earl of Rochester, by the Hon. Horace Walpole, & Dr. Samuel Johnson’. Portrait frontispiece offset on title page. Original boards somewhat roughly rebacked with modern cloth.

Price £42.00

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Gilbert Burnet

Some Passages of the Life and Death of the Right Honourable John Earl of Rochester

With an Introductory Preface by Lord Ronald Gower

Published by Elliot Stock London 1875

Edition Facsimile reprint of 1860 edition

Condition Near fine

Gower’s inscription dated 8.6.75 on upper blank. Pages slightly darkened. All edges gilt. Later black morocco & marbled endpapers.

Price £42.00

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Robert Burns

The Merry Muses

A Choice Collection of Favourite Songs Gathered from Many Sources

Published by 'Privately Printed [Not For Sale]' [Hotten?] '1827' [1872?]

Edition 1st such

Condition Good

To which are added Two of his Letters and a Poem - Hitherto Suppressed - Never Before Printed. Not For Maids, Ministers, or Striplings. No half-title. Binding shaken, some leaves loosening. Some soiling, stain top edge of many leaves. Distressed bookplate. Later half morocco, gilt-decorated spine still bright.

Price £100.00

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William Burroughs

Minutes To Go

with Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles, Gregory Corso

Published by Two Cities Paris 1960

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Signed in pencil by Gysin and (faintly) Beiles on title page verso. Wrappers chipped & faded with tear & slight loss at foot of spine. Slight bruise at head of spine and the spine slightly pulls at title page. Small inkblot above signatures. Text fine & bright.

Price £350.00


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Clive Bush

Pictures after Poussin

Published by Spanner 2003

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

With 8 coloured plates by Allen Fisher. Wrappers.

Price £11.00


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Samuel Butler

The Poetical Works

Published by James Nichol 1854

Edition 1st such

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

With Life, Critical Dissertation and Explanatory Notes by Gilfillan. 2 volumes. Pages uncut & mostly unopened, dusty at edges. Orig blind-stamped cloth worn at spine ends & corners, spines lettered gilt, remains of label to spine of Volume 1. Bookplate.

Price £16.00

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Samuel Butler

Hudibras. The First and Second Parts

Published by Martyn & Herringman London 1674

Edition 1st combined edition

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

412pp, complete but with some irregular pagination. Name etc at head of soiled title page, otherwise clean text pages. Bound with Hudibras The Third and last Part, London, for Simon Miller 1678, 1st edition. 285pp + errata leaf. Contemporary half calf with upper board detached.

Price £75.00

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