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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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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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Martin Thom

Ceremonial Devices

Published by Many Press 1976

Edition 1st   Limitation 200

Condition Near fine

A5 mimeo centre-stapled in wrappers. Wrappers slightly rubbed, internally fine. Author’s inscription on title page ‘for Peter with best wishes & thanks / Martin’ and with Peter Riley’s neat stamp.

Price £20.00


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Dylan Thomas

In Country Sleep

Published by New Directions 1952

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

No equivalent UK edition. Portrait photo by Marion Morehouse tipped on to title page as issued. Cloth in rubbed & soiled dustjacket.

Price £46.00

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Dylan Thomas

New Poems

Published by New Directions 1943

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Poets of the Year series. Wrappers, contents near-fine, in dustjacket faded at edges & split at spine. Two Thomas-related press-cuttings laid in, browning half-title & inside wrapper.

Price £20.00

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R. S. Thomas

Laboratories of the Spirit

Published by Macmillan 1975

Edition 1st

Condition Near fine

Boards in dustjacket with slight wear & sunned at spine as usual.

Price £25.00

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