Poems. (Privately Printed).: First Trial Book, Princeton/Troxell (Losh copy)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Poems. (Privately Printed).
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1869 October 3
Pagination: [i-v], pp [1]-199
Authorization: DGR
Collation: [A] 2, B - R 8, S 6
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Princeton U, Library, Troxell Collection
Catalog Number: 23301
Note: This was originally the copy DGR gave to Miss Alicia Losh in 1869; it then passed to John Spoor, Janet Camp Troxell, and then to Princeton University Library in 1972

Physical Description

Point: 8
Lines per Page: 29
Dimensions of Document: crown octavo, 18.5 x 12.1 cm


  • Lewis, The Trial Book Fallacy , 186.
  • Wise, The Ashley Library, VIII. 171-176.
  • Troxell, “The Trial Books”, 184-185.
  • Fraser, “The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell”, 162.

Scholarly Commentary


This is the second state of the First Trial Book; Lewis calls it Proof state 7 (see The Trial Book Fallacy ). It incorporates some alterations made in the first state, of which Ashley 1393 is a near perfect copy. This is the copy that DGR sent to Alicia Losh with his letter of 8 October 1869 (Fredeman, Correspondence, 69.176). Another copy of this second state of the trial book is the Fitzwilliam copy.

Textual History: Revision

Only one correction appears in this copy (on page 85). For some reason the bottom two-thirds of the leaf carrying pages 49-50 has been cut away.

Printing History

This second state of the First Trial Book must have been produced between 3 - 7 October 1869. The first state would have been printed off shortly before 3 October.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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