Poems. (Privately Printed).: Second Trial Book (Fitzwilliam Museum 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 November 25
Pre-Publication Information: This is the second trial book, in the second state.
Pagination: [x],[1]-231, [232]
Authorization: DGR
Collation: B - P 8, Q 4
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Fitzwilliam Museum
Note: The Fitzwilliam acquired it in October 1917. Previous owners were Charles Fairfax Murray and Mrs. Jane Morris (1870). Mrs. Morris gave the book to Murray in 1897.

Physical Description

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


  • Burnett, The Ashley Catalogue, I. 71-72.
  • Fraser, “The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell”, 163-164.
  • Lewis, The Trial Book Fallacy, 186.
  • Troxell, “The Trial Books”, 184-187.
  • Wise, The Ashley Library, VIII. 125-126.

Scholarly Commentary


This is an instance of the second state of the Second Trial Book in a complete form, except that it is missing the front matter (the four pages of Signature A). DGR must have sent this copy to Mrs. Morris at the end of November 1869, although no accompanying letter appears extant. The proof is completely unmarked.

As Charles Fairfax Murray's note in the Fitzwilliam's copy of the First Trial Book indicates, the signature A leaves were removed from these proofs and (wrongly) placed in that copy of Trial Book 1.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1870.tb2.fiz.rad.xml