(Hammersmith): (Doves Press), (1915). Small quarto, measuring 9.25 x 6.5 inches: , 78, . Original full limp vellum, spine lettered in gilt. Colophon and list of corrections to the 1594 quarto text at rear. Printed in Doves type in red and black ink. Bookseller ticket of New York dealer Philip Duschnes to lower pastedown.
Doves Press edition of The Rape of Lucrece, the seventh of the Doves Shakespeare productions, one of 175 copies on paper out of a total print run of 185. First published in 1594, this tragic narrative poem tells the story of the virtuous Roman matron Lucrece, raped by the soldier Tarquin, a guest in her home. In the hours after the assault, as Lucrece waits for her husband to return from battle, she meditates on a painting of the fall of Troy, one of the most celebrated examples of ekphrasis in English poetry: “Shew me the strumpet that began this stur, / That with my nailes her beautie I may teare: / Thy heat of lust fond PARIS did incur / This lode of wrath, that burning Troy doth beare; / Thy eye kindled the fire that burneth here.” The Doves Lucrece was originally scheduled to appear in 1913, but was repeatedly postponed due to editor Cobden-Sanderson’s illness and the disruption of the First World War. Tidcombe DP-37. A fine copy.