Poems. (Privately Printed.): First Trial Book (partial), Princeton/Troxell (copy 2)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Poems. (Privately Printed.)]
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1869 October 3
Pre-Publication Information: This is a partial copy of the first state of the First Trial Book.
Pagination: 106, 107, 149-154, 156, 167
Authorization: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Princeton University Library, Troxell Collection.
Catalog Number: 23301


  • 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.
  • Burnett, The Ashley Catalogue, I. 71-72.

Scholarly Commentary


The First Trial Book is the fourth integral set of prepublication printings toward the work that would eventually appear as the Poems of 1870. Its printing in this the first state of the Trial Book was completed on or just before 3 October, but revisions made therein were quickly incoporated into the second state. A second copy of this first state of the trial book exists in the British Library ( Ashley 1393). The ten pages of this partial copy apparently come from an originally integral proof copy that included as well the other partial set of proofs in the Princeton/Troxell collection. Two perfect copies of the second state of the trial book exist: the so-called Losh copy (in the Princeton/Troxell collection), and the Fitzwilliam copy.

A separate set of proofs for the first two poems in this trial book was pulled late in September; this proof is bound with William Bell Scott's copy of the Penkill Proofs, also housed in the Princeton/Troxell collection.

Textual History: Revision

This set of pages exhibits no manuscript corrections.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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