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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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Kenneth Rexroth

The Signature of All Things

Poems, Songs, Elegies, Translations and Epigrams


Published by New Directions 1949

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

A leaf inscribed ‘For DS Savage / love / Kenneth Rexroth’ has been tipped onto the second blank. (The same method of inscription appears in other copies of this book.) Some foxing and slight darkening of pages throughout. Cloth-backed paper-covered boards in somewhat soiled dustjacket with a few chips & tears.

Price £95.00


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WB1176

Kenneth Rexroth

Beyond the Mountains

Four Plays: Phaedra, Hermaois, Iphigenia, Berenike


Published by Routledge [1951?]

Edition 1st UK

Condition Very good

New Directions sheets [1951] with Routledge title page, yellow cloth in New Directions ‘Direction Series’ dustjacket. Dustjacket rubbed.

Price £20.00


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WB1177

Kenneth Rexroth

The Dragon and the Unicorn


Published by New Directions 1952

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Boards in rubbed & chipped dustjacket.

Price £20.00


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WB1178

Kenneth Rexroth

In Defense of the Earth


Published by New Directions 1956

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Cloth mottled, dustjacket darkened at edges & with missing fragments top edge. Author’s signed inscription on fly to the poet D.S.Savage, Mevagissey, summer 1959. Laid in is a 2-page signed typescript of Rexroth’s 90-line poem ‘Lament for Dylan Thomas’; this appears in the book as the 4th section of the Thomas memorial poem ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’. Also laid in is a signed typescript letter of approximately 900 words from Rexroth to Savage, on airmail paper postmarked Jan 22 1951; the letter includes an anecdote about Thomas and remarks about Herbert Read, the Anarchist Congress in Paris, mysticism, alchemy, A.E.Waite, Henry Miller and ‘how close the USA is to war. I think there is very little chance of them not starting it in the next two or three months’.

Price £150.00


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WB1179

Kenneth Rexroth

The Signature of All Things


Published by Privately 1982

Edition 1st thus

Condition Near fine

4-panel gatefold: Printed at Christmas, 1982, for the friends of Ann & J. Laughlin and New Directions. An in memoriam for Kenneth Rexroth 1905-1982; poem first published 1949. Outer panels slightly soiled.

Price £15.00


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WB1180

Kenneth Rexroth

The Phoenix and the Tortoise


Published by New Directions 1944

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Edges slightly darkened. A few inconspicuous marks to cloth, original spine label darkened.

Price £20.00


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WB534

Thomas Richards, anonymously

Choirochorographia: Sive, Hoglandiae Descriptio


Published London 1709

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Good

A reply to Edward Holdsworth’s ‘Muscipula’. Engraving of hog on title page. 1p mock adverts with ink-smudge. Closely cropped, losing a fraction of title page image & many catchwords but text not affected. In modern marbled boards. Foxon R195.

Price £40.00


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WB412

Edgell Rickword

Twittingpan and some others


Published by Wishart 1931

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Internally very good but somewhat rubbed wrappers very frail and with loss at head & tail of spine.

Price £10.50


44pp


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WB1182

 

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