Poems. (Privately Printed).: the A2 Proofs, Fitzwilliam Museum Copy

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Poems. (Privately Printed).
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1869 September 20
Pre-Publication Information: This is a copy of the so-called A2 Proofs.
Pagination: [i-iv], pp [1]-180
Authorization: DGR
Collation: [A] 2, B - Q 8, R 2
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Fitzwilliam Museum
Note: Charles Fairfax Murray, Jane Morris

Physical Description

Point: 8
Lines per Page: 29
Dimensions of Document: crown octavo, 18.2 x 12 cm


  • Wise, The Ashley Library, IV. 124-125.
  • Troxell,“The Trial Books”, 192.
  • Fraser, “The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell”, 160-161.
  • Lewis, The Trial Book Fallacy, 186.

Scholarly Commentary


Along with the A Proofs, these A2 Proofs comprise a volatile moment in the prepublication sequence of printings. They followed quickly one upon the other, and together represent DGR's initial revisions to the Penkill Proofs, which were printed about 18 August. DGR received the A Proofs on 13 September 1869 and immediately was working on them (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 69.154). He completed his revisions while he was at Penkill, and returned to London on 20 September. The A2 Proofs, with the additions and corrections, were pulled about 21 September.

Textual History: Revision

This copy of the proofs is quite clean. It shows corrections at pages 27, 31, 129, 134, 146, and 147.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1870.a2.fiz.rad.xml
Copyright: © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge