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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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Conrad Aiken

Senlin: A Biography

Published by Hogarth 1925

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Uncut edges darkened. Boards rubbed & scuffed, spine fraying.

Price £10.00


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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination

A Poem. In Three Books.

Published by R.Dodsley London 1744

Edition ?Second

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

No footnote on p.[9], p.20 correctly numbered: Foxon A140 calls this ‘another [i.e. 2nd] edition’, Williams regards it as the 3rd issue of the 1st. Half-title. Title page in red & black with vignette. Advert for Dodsley’s Fifty Old Plays on final leaf. Contemporary calf rebacked. Marbled endpapers. Upper endpaper-p.10 loose. Bookplates.

Price £55.00

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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination, and other Poems

Published by J.Dodsley London 1788

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Some occasional spotting but generally clean pages. Contemporary half calf somewhat worn & rubbed, titling & gilt decoration dulled, joints still sound.

Price £35.00

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Anne-Marie Albiach

A Geometry

Published by Burning Deck 1998

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

= Serie d’Ecriture Supplement 3. Translation by Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop. Small spot on slightly darkened wrappers otherwise fine.

Price £10.00


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Richard Aldington

Exile and other poems

Published by Allen & Unwin 1923

Edition 1st   Limitation 750

Condition Very good

Internally near-fine. Blue cloth with a few stains mostly on lower board but with gilt lettering still bright.

Price £25.00


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Tim Allen

Sea ExChange

a thousand lines on tambourine

Published by Itinerant 2007

Edition 1st   Limitation 25 signed

Condition Fine

Wrappers faintly rubbed.

Price £15.00


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D.M. Allen (editor)

12 Poets & 1 Painter

Published by Four Seasons 1964

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Writing 3. Wrappers. Clean copy but somewhat buckled by damp. Contributors include LeRoi Jones, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Jess, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch & Charles Olson.

Price £12.50


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Bruce Andrews (editor)

L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Supplement 3: The Politics of Poetry

with Charles Bernstein (editor)

Published by L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E 1981

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Essays by Bernstein & Ron Silliman and Andrews/Bernstein interview. Self-wrappers slightly darkened at edges, internally fine.

Price £20.00


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