Lucius junius brutus; father of his country. A tragedy.
London. Printed for Richard Tonson, 1681. First edition.
Quarto. , 72pp, . With a final epilogue leaf. Later half-calf, marbled boards, lettered in gilt. extremities rubbed. Marbled endpapers, later paper repairs to margins and verso of title page, and lower margins of leaves A4 and I1, pen-trials to p. and fore-edge of p.2, paper flaw to p.5 - with very slight loss of sense, spotted.
A first edition of the most controversial work of English dramatist, Nathaniel Lee (c.1652-1692). A commentary on the politics of the day disguised as a tragedy set within the Senate of the Roman Republic, Lucius Junius Brutus debuted at the Duke's Theatre, Dorset Garden to immense success. However, the establishment took umbrage at the portrayal of the ruling classes and banned the work after three performances - it was never to be revived in its original arrangement.
ESTC R10844, Wing L852.£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 20338