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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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Thomas Shadwell

The Virtuoso

A Comedy, As it is Acted by their Majesties Servants

Published by H.Herringman 1704

Edition 3rd

Condition Worn

Disbound. No half-title. 1p adverts. Pages darkened throughout & with areas of heavy spotting. Stains to fore-edge.

Price £25.00


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Cuthbert Shaw

The Poems

with Thomas Russell

Ed. Eric Partridge

Published by Books for Libraries 1970

Edition Facsimile reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Near fine

Cloth. Top edge slightly dusty. First published 1925.

Price £12.00


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Michael Shayer


Published by Migrant 1961

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Mimeo printed rectos only. Internally very good but photographic wrappers somewhat rubbed & chipped, staples rusty. Gael Turnbull’s ‘A Footnote to Shayer’s "Persephone"’, folded foolscap sheet, laid in as issued.

Price £30.00


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Michael Shayer

Poems from an Island

Published by [COItus Press] 1963

Edition 1st   Limitation 36

Condition Near fine

Mimeo printed rectos only, trimmed quarto, side-stapled in stiff card covers. Colophon in author’s hand inside lower cover: ‘no. 30 plus 6 of 30 projected copies produced by Frederic Hunter and H.M. Government for Migrant Press November 1963.’ The poems were revised for the 1970 Fulcrum edition but the extent & order of the poems is the same; the Fulcrum roman text is photocopied from typescript, the italic from author’s holograph. Internally fine but upper cover has 4cm tear to fore-edge, is darkened at all edges & has one loose staple. Two letters from the author to Hunter laid in: one a brief als saying he doesn’t want his manuscript returned; the other an approx. 650-word tls, envelope postmarked 5 Dec 1963, thanking Hunter for the edition, talking at some length about the book & his aims as a writer and also asking Hunter to see whether he (Shayer) can help Tom Raworth in any way (against bailiffs etc).

Price £120.00


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[John Sheffield]

The Temple of Death, A Poem

A Translation out of French

Published by H.Hills London 1709

Edition Piracy

Format  Octavo   Condition Worn

Translated from P.Habert. Disbound, pages darkened throughout with some staining.

Price £18.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Original Poetry by Victor & Cazire

with Elizabeth Shelley

Ed. Richard Garnett

Published by John Lane London & New York 1897

Edition 1st thus

Condition Good

Text reproduces the first edition of 1810, with a 17pp introduction by Garnett. Uncut edges spotted, some scattered spotting to text. Original paper-covered boards & labels, darkened at spine. Small bookplate of Arnold Yates.

Price £55.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley’s Lost Letters to Harriet

Ed. Leslie Hotson

Published by Faber & The Atlantic Monthly Press London & Boston 1930

Edition 1st   Limitation 546/750 signed by the editor

Condition Very good

Printed on English hand-made paper. Text very clean but uncut edges partly darkened & frayed in places. Top edge gilt, somewhat tarnished. Gilt-lettered blue cloth slightly darkened at spine & with small stain at head of upper board.

Price £30.00


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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Alastor; Or, The Spirit of Solitude

And Other Poems

Ed. Bertram Dobell

Published by Reeves & Turner 1885/6

Edition 1st thus   Limitation 350 copies

Condition Near fine

A Facsimile Reprint of the original Edition, First Published in 1816. Shelley Society Publications II.3. Some slight foxing to uncut edges. Original paper-covered boards, slightly rubbed.

Price £30.00

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