Poems. (Privately Printed.): Second Trial Book, British Library, (Ashley 1400)

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 November 30 (25 November - 6 December)
Pre-Publication Information: This is the second trial book, in the second state.
Pagination: [i-iv], pp [1]-231, [232] + 201-206(revises)
Authorization: DGR
Collation: [A] 2, B - P 8, Q 4 + [6 pages, revise proof]
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: The British Library, Ashley Collection
Catalog Number: Ashley 1400
Note: Originally from WMR's library, the copy is the one DGR sent to Swinburne on 28 November 1869, while the additional pages were sent on 7 December; subsequently in library of T. J. Wise.

Physical Description

Cover: Red levant morocco by Riviere
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. 125-126.
  • Troxell, “The Trial Books”, 184-187.
  • Fraser, “The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell”, 163-164.
  • Burnett, The Ashley Catalogue, I. 71-72.

Scholarly Commentary


Having received copies of the Second Trial Book proofs on 26 November, DGR sent this set to Swinburne that day. Thus began a remarkable intercourse between the two poets as Swinburne exchanged a series of letters with DGR and the two discussed in detail the process of revision DGR was undertaking. The extra set of pages at the end of this document (pages 201-206) are a revise of “ Jenny” sent to Swinburne and received by him on 7 December.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1870.tb2.bl.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the British Library.