Poems. A New Edition (1881), proof Signature M (Delaware Museum, first proof, copy 1)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Poems. A New Edition
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1881 May 12 (circa)
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 161-176
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: M 8


Current Location: Library, Delaware Art Museum

Physical Description

Point: 10 point; 6 point leading
Font: roman
Lines per Page: 22
Margin top: 2 cm
Margin bottom: 3.8 cm
Margin right: 2 cm
Margin left: 2.5 cm
Dimensions of Document: 19 x 12.8cm (crown octavo)

Scholarly Commentary


This is the copy of the first proof of Signature M of the 1881 Poems , with the full set of corrections by DGR. The other copy, also corrected by DGR, has many fewer revisions. This copy shows the major change called for on page 170, shifting the poem “Youth and Lordship (Italian Street Song)” from its position following “A Last Confession” to its (received) position at the end of the volume, and with the relative relation of DGR's translation to the Italian song reversed.

Textual History: Revision

Six copies of this proof signature are preserved in the library of the Delaware Art Museum. They include this fully corrected first author's proof, a partially corrected the duplicate of the first proof, two first revises, the author's copy and the printer's copy, and two final revise proofs, copy 1 and its duplicate.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1