London: William Heinemann, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of this fictional biography of Shakespeare, alleging a number of amorous relationships, including one with the notorious Elizabethan prostitute, Lucy Negro. 8vo: 234pp. Very Fine (and likely unread) publisher's blue cloth, the spine titled in gilt (still brilliant); in a Fine pictorial dust jacket (very lightly dust-soiled, but with an unfaded spine) priced at 21s. Basis for the Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love." Brewer A24. Boytinck 645. Fine / Fine. Item #BB0314
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