Gottfried August Bürger

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

William M. Rossetti (editor)

Production Description

Document Title: Lenore
Author: Gottfried August Bürger
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Editor: William M. Rossetti
City of publication: London
Collation: 8 o:1-3 84 2
Date of publication: 1900
Pagination: 28 leaves, pp. [2] [1-4] 5-15 [16-18], ff. 19-35 [36]
Printer: Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury
Publisher: Ellis and Elvey, 29 New Bond Street


Current Location: Library of Jerome J. McGann
Purchase Price: $725
Archival History: The leather book label indicates that a Willis Vickery once owned the document. Later, the property of John Windle, Antiquarian Bookseller, San Francisco, CA, from whom the book was purchased by McGann in 1997.

Physical Description

Cover: White buckram with gilt cypher of Rossetti on front cover and gilt lettered spine.
Font: Running headers and the title for the prefatory note are in a gothic face. The remainder of the book is in a modern, serif face.
Lines per Page: 21
Length of Lines: 4 in.
Columns: 1
Margin top: 1 ½ in.
Margin bottom: 1 ¾ in.
Margin right: 1 ¾ in.
Margin left: 1 ¾ in.
Note on Typography: The margins are variable. The margin along the gutter reduces the inside margins; and the deckle edges remain uncut, creating irregularities.
Paper: Laid cream paper with deckle edges

“Van Gelder Zonen / VZL” on the body pages. “Whatman / 1883 / The Huth Library” on the endpapers.
Dimensions of Document: 22 x 18.5 cm

Scholarly Commentary


This printed volume carries the first publication of DGR's translation of Bürger's famous ballad Lenore. WMR's introduction (below) gives an excellent introduction to the ballad and its English translations, as well as a careful analysis of DGR's translation.

Production History

The manuscript from which this edition was made was bought by the publisher, Mr. Gilbert I. Ellis, at a Sotheby's sale of November 26, 1899.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1844.mcgann.rad.xml