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Title: Lvcrece.
Date: 1598
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William Shakespeare
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Lvcrece.
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1598
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Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Title: Lvcrece.
Date: 1598
Repository: Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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William Shakespeare
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Lvcrece.
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1598
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Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Title: Lvcrece.
Date: 1598
Repository: Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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William Shakespeare
Item Title
Lvcrece.
Item Date
1598
Repository
Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Capell *.19[1], sigs. A2v-A3r

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Title: Lvcrece.
Date: 1598
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The second edition of Lucrece, like the first, was published by John Harrison, but was printed by Peter Short. This edition and subsequent editions of the poem are imposed—that is, type-set and printed—in octavo rather than in quarto, perhaps so readers could bind their copies with other short poetic pamphlets like Venus and Adonis.

Lucrece, first printed in 1594, would eventually reach an eighth edition before 1640, a number that equals Shakespeare's most popular play, Henry IV Part 1. Although Shakespeare is now known primarily as a playwright, in his own time he was equally revered as the author of Venus and Adonis and Lucrece, his two sensationally successful Ovidian narrative poems.

Only two copies of this edition are known to survive, according to the English Short Title Catalogue. This copy shown here is held in the Wren Library at Trinity College, and is bound with a 1563 copy of Barnabe Googe’s Eglogs. The only other extant copy is held less than a mile away in the Cambridge University Library.

To learn more about the plot and early printing history of Lucrece, please visit the Folger Shakespeare Librarys's Shakespeare's Works; to read a modernized edition of the poem, see Folger Digital Texts.

 

 

Written by Erin A. McCarthy

Sources
Harry Farr, “Notes on Shakespeare’s Printers and Publishers with Special Reference to the Poems and Hamlet.” The Library, 4th series, 3.4 (March 1923): 225–60.

John Roe, ed., The Poems: Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Phoenix and the Turtle, The Passionate Pilgrim, A Lover’s Complaint. Updated edition. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 2006).

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