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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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Anne Stevenson


Published by Bloodaxe 2012

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers. Author’s signed dedication to Lee Harwood on title page.

Price £30.00


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Anne Stevenson

Four and a Half Dancing Men

Published by Oxford UP 1993

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Wrappers. Author’s signed dedication to Lee Harwood on title page.

Price £35.00


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Sir John Suckling

The Works

Containing his Poems, Letters, and Plays

Published by Jacob Tonson 1719

Edition New edition

Format  Duodecimo   Condition Very good

Portrait frontispiece. No half-titles. Some browning throughout. Modern blue cloth, typewritten label.

Price £45.00

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Jonathan Swift

The Examiner

and Other Pieces Written in 1710-11

Ed. Herbert Davis

Published by Basil Blackwell Oxford 1940

Edition 1st such

Condition Very good

Cloth, gilt-lettered spine slightly dulled. Slight soiling to edges. Owner’s name & date.

Price £20.00


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Joshua Sylvester

Bartas His Deuine Weekes & Workes Translated

Published by Humfrey Lownes London 1608

Edition 2nd collected

Format  Quarto   Condition Good

This edition adds The History of Judith translated by Tho. Hudson. Considerable loss to bottom corner of engraved title page. A8 loose. Some extensive ink underlining etc up to p.145, some pencil underlining thereafter. A little worming. Somewhat worn contemporary calf with gilt, modern reback.

Price £185.00

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Joshua Sylvester

The Complete Works

Ed. Alexander B. Grosart

Published by AMS New York 1967

Edition Facsimile reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Fine

Complete in 2 volumes, 263 + 438pp. With memorial-introduction, notes and illustrations, glossarial index etc. First published in the Chertsey Worthies Library, 1880. Cloth. A few small faint stains on fore-edges otherwise virtually mint.

Price £45.00

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Edward Taylor

The Poems

Ed. Donald E. Stanford

Published by Yale UP New Haven 1961

Edition 2nd printing

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Original cloth slightly darkened, also page edges. A few brief pencil annotations to the Miscellaneous Poems pp.463-6. Owner’s initials on fly.

Price £22.00


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Charles H. Taylor, Jr.

The Early Collected Editions of Shelley’s Poetry

A Study in the History and Transmission of the Printed Text

Published by Yale UP New Haven 1958

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Cloth, a near-fine copy in darkened dustjacket, heavily darkened at spine. Cutting of TLS review 19.6.59 laid down on rear pastedown.

Price £40.00


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