London: J. Magnes and R. Bentley in Russell Street, 1676. First Edition. Small 4to, pp. . Bound in later half levant, teg. Some toning to the pages, but a very good copy. Pforzheimer Catalogue). Stratman 3150; Woodward & McManaway 731; Wing L 849. Item #37259
This is a rhymed heroic tragedy based on Gauthier de la Calprenède"s Cleopatre. Baker found here "little else but bombast and absurdity", and Genest calls it Lee"s "worst Tragedy", but Nicoll found some passages that rise to a "dramatic intensity by no means unconvincing". He adds that "Lee was not the kind of man to love tragi-comedy endings"; and the fifth act is strewn with corpses. The play is dedicated to the Duchess of Portsmouth, Charles II"s mistress.