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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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John Wieners

Pressed Wafer


Published by The Gallery Upstairs Buffalo 1967

Edition 1st   Limitation 5/100 signed (ex 1000)

Condition Near fine

This edition bound in paper-covered boards. Boards discoloured at edges & particularly at spine -- original spine label darkened & chipped, label on upper board still bright. Internally fine.

Price £46.00


List ref
WB958

John Wieners

Ace of Pentacles


Published by Carr & Wilson 1964

Edition 1st, paperback issue

Condition Near fine

Wrappers slightly darkened & slightly grubby, edges also slightly darkened but internally fine & a generally sound copy.

Price £25.00


72pp


List ref
WB1075

John Wieners

Asylum Poems


Published by Press of the Black Flag Raised #1 1969

Edition Pirate

Condition Near fine

Preceded by the Angel Hair edition of the same year. Poems printed as separate broadsides on variously coloured card or paper. Mostly 9.5 x 12 inches but two are foolscap folded to fit -- originally in a titled envelope but this is missing. Some discolouration at foot of title page, otherwise fine condition.

Price £35.00


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WB1875

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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WB2137

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/ Typography & Design by Asa Benveniste / Trigram Press, London, 1972’ but this is not a Trigram book, predating the (withdrawn) Trigram edition by 3 years.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


96pp


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WB2138

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


50pp


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WB2139

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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WB325

Jonathan Williams

Amen Huzza Selah


Published by Jargon 1960

Edition 1st   Limitation 700

Condition Near fine

With ‘A Preface?’ by Louis Zukofsky. Jargon 13(a). Signed by the author & dedicated to ‘Fred’ [Hunter] with the cruciform motto JARGON SAVES & dated England July 1963. Wrappers in defective glassine dustjacket.

Price £45.00


List ref
WB1520

 

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