The Early Italian Poets From Ciullo D'Alcamo to Dante Alighieri (1100-1200-1300) (the Princeton illustrated copy)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: The Early Italian Poets From Ciullo D'Alcamo to Dante Alighieri (1100-1200-1300)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: Smith, Elder, and Co.
Printer: J. Whittingham, Chiswick Press
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1861
Edition: 1
Pagination: [i]-xxxvi, [1]-464, plus one unnumbered final errata page, with an advertisement
Authorization: DGR
Collation: a 2, b-c 8, B-U 8, X 8, Y 8, Z 8, AA-GG 8, [x] 1


Current Location: Princeton University Library
Catalog Number: Troxell 147
Note: Copy originally from the library of E. J. Oswald.

Physical Description

Cover: brown-black cloth boards, ruled in gold on back and sides and with gold lettering on spine; in a fold-down box
Endpapers: brownish-red, with a reddish-yellow rectangular paper on the inside of the front cover, bearing a stamp of A. Edward Newton
Lines per Page: 30
Columns: 1
Margin top: 1.7cm
Margin bottom: 3cm
Margin right: 3.3cm
Margin left: 1.3cm
Note on Typography: The first letter in the first line of each major section of the book (the Preface, Table of Contents, Table of Poets in Part I, Introduction to Part II, The New Life (La Vita Nuova), Appendix to Part II, and Index) is a drop capital, as is the first letter of each poem (except those contained within the Vita Nuova and the Appendix to Part II). This results in the following line's indentation being always displaced slightly to the right.
Dimensions of Document: 17.7x11.8 cm


  • Surtees, “DGR's Early Italian Poets Illustrations” (1972), 230-231.

Scholarly Commentary


This copy contains six wash drawings made by DGR (drawn on pages 12, 15, 18, 21, 26, and 29). These probably represent the first of a longer set of illustrative drawings that DGR originally intended for inclusion in his book, but which were rejected by the publisher as too expensive to produce. For whom DGR made this interesting copy is not known.

The illustrated edition DGR wanted would also have featured an illuminated title page made from a woodcut that DGR designed for the book. This also was rejected by the publisher.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1861.trox.rad.xml
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