West House Books

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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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Claude Colleer Abbott

The Life and Letters of George Darley

Poet and Critic

Published by Clarendon Press Oxford 1967

Edition Reprint

Condition Near fine

Cloth in somewhat worn & scuffed price-clipped dustjacket.

Price £20.00


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Peter Ackroyd

Ezra Pound and his World

Published by Thames & Hudson 1980

Edition 1st

Condition Very good

With 111 black-&-white illustrations. Somewhat musty copy, boards in dustjacket with chips & small tear..

Price £14.00

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Gilbert Adair

Signs of Life Book One

Published by Galloping Dog 1982

Edition 1st   Limitation 150

Condition Near fine

A4 mimeo printed rectos only, perfect-bound in wrappers. Cover & illustrations by Patricia Farrell. Some wear to wrappers otherwise fine.

Price £18.00


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Conrad Aiken

Senlin: A Biography

Published by Hogarth 1925

Edition 1st

Condition Good

Uncut edges darkened. Boards rubbed & scuffed, spine fraying.

Price £10.00


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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination

A Poem. In Three Books.

Published by R.Dodsley London 1744

Edition ?Second

Format  Quarto   Condition Very good

No footnote on p.[9], p.20 correctly numbered: Foxon A140 calls this ‘another [i.e. 2nd] edition’, Williams regards it as the 3rd issue of the 1st. Half-title. Title page in red & black with vignette. Advert for Dodsley’s Fifty Old Plays on final leaf. Contemporary calf rebacked. Marbled endpapers. Upper endpaper-p.10 loose. Bookplates.

Price £55.00

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Mark Akenside

The Pleasures of Imagination, and other Poems

Published by J.Dodsley London 1788

Edition Reprint

Format  Octavo   Condition Very good

Some occasional spotting but generally clean pages. Contemporary half calf somewhat worn & rubbed, titling & gilt decoration dulled, joints still sound.

Price £35.00

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John Arbuthnot

The History of John Bull

Published by Clarendon Oxford 1976

Edition 1st thus

Condition Fine

ciii + 332pp. Top edge slightly darkened otherwise a fine copy, original blue cloth in price-clipped dustjacket.

Price £60.00

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John Ashbery

Some Trees

Published by Yale UP 1956

Edition 1st

Condition Fine

Yale Series of Younger Poets. Foreword by W.H.Auden. 817 copies were printed. Cloth, fine in slightly rubbed dustjacket with a few slight marks upper panel. Laid in is a 2pp carbon copy typescript of Ashbery’s ‘Poemes Francaises’, titled in his hand, both sheets signed by him but signature on first sheet blotted out. He has added ‘Tel Quel 27’ (where the poems first appeared) in pencil.

Price £450.00


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