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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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Jonathan Williams

A Hairy Coat Near Yanwath Yat

Published by N.p. 1978

Edition 1st   Limitation 150

Condition Near fine

Broadside printed for his reading at North Carolina Wesleyan College, April 25, 1978. Slight bruise & discolouration top corner.

Price £12.00

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Jonathan Williams

The Apocryphal, Oracular Yeah-Sayings of Mae West

Published by Kumquat [1970]

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Large folded broadside with b/w illustrations. Clean but somewhat bruised.

Price £12.50

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Jonathan Williams

Imaginary Postcards

(Clints Grikes Gripes Glints)

Published by Privately 1972

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Title page states ‘Texts by Jonathan Williams [...] / Images by Tom Phillips / Typography & Design by Asa Benveniste / Trigram Press, London, 1972’ but this is not a Trigram book, predating the (withdrawn) Trigram edition by 3 years. It is one of Williams’ homemade editions, quarto mimeo bound in spiral plastic spine. Colophon: ‘A few copies of this "Colonel Sanders/Xerox 4000 Edition" have been prepared [...] for friends and Lamed-Vovnicks [...] The postcards included here are from JW’s collection and have nothing to do with the Tom Phillips works to be included in the forthcoming book.’ This copy inscribed ‘Cousin Roy’s copy [i.e. Roy Fisher] love from Lord Bent of Dent C[orn] C[lose] Oct 72.’ The print is the usual photocopy grey of the period. Paper covers, upper protected by acetate overlay clipped top corner. Some loss to head of plastic spine, binding loosening top & bottom edges but still a well-preserved copy.

Price £450.00


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Jonathan Williams

62 Climerikews to amuse Mr. Lear

Published by DBA/JCA Editions 1983

Edition 1st   Limitation 200

Condition Fine

Cover drawing by John Furnival. Photocopied quarto, main text printed rectos only. All copies were inscribed to friends of the author & John Furnival and all numbered ‘62’; this copy is signed for ‘Roy’ [Fisher]. Card covers bound in plastic spine, protected by acetate overlays.

Price £85.00


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Jonathan Williams (editor)

Epitaphs for Lorine

Published by Jargon 1973

Edition 1st   Limitation 1000

Condition Near fine

Wrappers in dustjacket. Edges somewhat spotted otherwise fine. Poems in memory of Lorine Niedecker by Basil Bunting, Thomas A. Clark, Edward Dorn, Larry Eigner, Roy Fisher, John Furnival, Allen Ginsberg, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Ronald Johnson, Denise Levertov, Christopher Middleton, George Oppen, Charles Reznikoff, Gilbert Sorrentino, Mary Ellen Solt & others. Photo of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s ‘Song Wind Wood’ on back cover.

Price £30.00


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Emmett Williams (editor)

An Anthology of Concrete Poetry

Published by Something Else 1967

Edition 1st, wrappers issue

Condition Very good

Some pencil underlining to Foreword and (very occasionally) commentaries otherwise internally near-fine. Wrappers somewhat soiled, spotting to edges, slight wear to corners. Alan Young’s ownership signature.

Price £45.00


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Mona Wilson

The Life of William Blake

Published by Nonesuch 1927

Edition 1st   Limitation 930/1480

Format  Quarto   Condition Near fine

With 28 b/w plates. Uncut edges somewhat darkened & slightly dusty. Original quarter vellum, vellum somewhat darkened, marbled boards worn at corners.

Price £95.00

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Yvor Winters

The Giant Weapon

Published by New Directions (Poet of the Year) 1943

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

Rusty staples. Wrappers in rubbed dustjacket. Inscribed by Kenneth Rexroth to the poet D.S.Savage & his wife, ‘For the Savages from the Rexroths’.

Price £10.50


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