Document Title: Poems.
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1870 March 1 (and 22 March for additional material)
Edition: proof for first edition
Pre-Publication Information: This is a set of proofs for the first edition.
Pagination: [i-v], -69, [70 missing], 71-260+-+-4
Issue: first issue, second state (of the integral first edition proof)
2, B - R
Note on Publication: The 17-page and the 4-page revises bound with the proof for the first
edition are without printer's signatures.
Current Location: Fitzwilliam Museum
Note: acquired October, 1917. Originally in the possession of Mrs. Jane
Morris (1870), and subsequently owned by Charles Fairfax Murray.
Point: 8 point; 5.5 point leading
Lines per Page: 24
Note on Typography: DGR to WMR, 23 February 1870: “I have sent
my proofs for correction and resetting (as I mean now to
have only 24 lines in a page instead of
29” (see Fredeman,
Correspondence 70.33). Doughty and Wahl, following T. J. Wise (Wise IV 129), say the type was now reset for the first edition proof.
But Troxell (see “The Trial Books” 192) shows that the type
“is the same, re-leaded but not
re-set.” On 7 March DGR wrote to Swinburne saying
his book is “now printed wider so as to make
more pages” (Fredeman,
Correspondence, 70.45). DGR hoped to have a book of approximately 300 pages.
Dimensions of Document: crown octavo 18.5cm
Other Physical Features: The paper used for the two sets of revises is different from the paper
used in the proofs for the first edition.