Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1915. Small Quarto. Bound in original full limp vellum, spine titled in gilt, top edges trimmed, others uncut. Housed in collector’s solander box, covered in full light brown pigskin, with two raised bands, spine titled in gilt, and interior lined with suede.176 [ii] pp. Printed in red and black Doves Type. The text for this issue of 'Lucrece' was taken from the 1594 First Edition, printed by Richard Field for John Harrison. Errata to the verso of the colophon, stating corrections and amendments to the 1594 edition. A fine copy. One of 175 paper copies. Item #6
Lucrece was the third and last book of Shakespeare’s poems to be issued by the Doves Press, following 'Shakespeare’s Sonnets' (1909) and 'Venus and Adonis' (1912). Though Harry Gage-Cole is listed as a pressman in the colophon, the task of printing fell to his assistant Albert Lewis. Gage-Cole, who started his apprenticeship in printing at Kelmscott when it opened in 1891, had worked as the pressman at Doves since its founding. His role as pressman was halted when he was called to the front in 1914, serving as a drummer in the 13th London Regiment. The publication of 'Lucrece', which had been scheduled for September 1913, was delayed as a result, and the last four books issued by the press were prepared by Lewis alone. [Tomkinson, DP 46; Tidcombe, DP46].
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