Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966. Small octavo, original brown cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Bump to edge of pictorial frontispiece (depicting Titian's Tarquin and Lucretia), lightest toning to edges of bright dust jacket. Item #100117
Edited with an introduction by J.C. Maxwell. This critical collection brings together Shakespeare's two major narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, and three shorter works: The Passionate Pilgrim, The Phoenix and the Turtle, and A Lover's Complaint. "The crow may bathe his coal-black wings in mire / And unperceived fly with the filth away; / But if the like the snow-white swan desire, / The stain upon his silver down will stay." An attractive reading copy, in near-fine condition.