Poems. (Privately Printed.): Second Trial Book (partial proof), Duke U. Library

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Poems]
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F.S. Ellis
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1869 November 15 (before 25 November)
Pre-Publication Information: This is an incomplete copy of the Second Trial Book, first state.
Pagination: 113-128, 177-208, 197-198 (fragmentary pages)
Authorization: DGR
Collation: I 8, N 8, O 8


Current Location: Duke U. Library


  • 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


These three signatures are uncorrected, although on p. 117 someone (not DGR) has made a marginal note referencing the need to add a stanza at that point. Each signature is coherent and all three come from the first printing state of the Second Trial Book. They were printed in early to mid-November 1869.

A badly mutilated proof copy of pages 197-198 comes with these proofs. It is from the same early printing run and it shows hand corrections by DGR; the latter are only partly decipherable, and much of the printed text is torn away as well. However, no additions were made to the printed text that correspond to these manuscript revisions.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Used with permission of the Special Collections Library, Duke University.