[Hammersmith]: [The Doves Press] Contre Coup Press, . Single paper leaf (pages 15/16) printed in black (9 1/4 x 6 1/2"). "The ayme of all is but to nourse the life,...". The leaf is laid in to quarto single sheet folded, tan color with blck and red printing on front cover; "Contre Coup Press" is printed on lower rear cover; the press was founded in 1979 and is no longer in busienss. A fine copy. Item #20852
The Rape of 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). The book was a Limited Edition of 175 copies on paper with an additional 10 copies on vellum. 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.