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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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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


342pp


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WB1566

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


40pp


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WB2136

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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WB751

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


36pp


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WB1187

[Thomas J. Wise, editor]

Note-Book of The Shelley Society

Part I Being the First Part of Volume I


Published by Reeves & Turner London 1888

Edition 1st

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Cover states ‘edited by the Honorary Secretaries’ but Wise was the only Honorary Secretary at the time. Untrimmed edges slightly dusty, internally fine and bright. Wrappers slightly rubbed, a few small stains on upper panel, spine darkened -- but remarkably sound for such a frail production

Price £75.00


213pp


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WB1933

George Wither

Wither’s Motto

Nec Habeo, Nec Careo, Nec Curo


Published by T.Beilby & T.Knott Birmingham 1814

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Reprints the 1621 edition. In plain modern boards.

Price £45.00


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WB878

George Wither

The Hymnes and Songs of the Church


Published by Franklin New York 1967

Edition Reprint

Condition Near fine

Reprints the Spenser Society facsimile 1881 of 1623 edition. Faint marks to edges. Buckram, spine lettered gilt.

Price £40.00


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WB879

George Wither

Miscellaneous Works

Second Collection


Published by Franklin New York 1967

Edition Reprint

Condition Near fine

Reprints the Spenser Society facsimile of 1872. Library stamp to top & bottom edge and title page. Gilt-lettered buckram. Includes Vox Pacifica, Carmen Eucharisticon, A Sudden Flash, A Triple Paradox and A Proclamation in the Name of the King of Kings.

Price £35.00


List ref
WB880

 

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