Poems. A New Edition (1881), proof Signature T (Delaware Museum, first proof (author's copy))

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 16 (circa)
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 273-288
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: T 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 first author's proof (with corrections) of Signature T of the 1881 Poems . DGR's note to the printer on the final page shows that during the proofing process he was adding poems from manuscript copies. As the other proofs demonstrate, however, some of these additions he subsequently decided to cancel. In the case of this proof signature, DGR added the “Filii Filia” sonnet pair from a manuscript copy , but deleted it from the proofs after the second revise.

Textual History: Revision

Six copies of this proof signature are preserved in the library of the Delaware Art Museum. They include this corrected author's first proof, a printer's duplicate, a corrected first revise and a duplicate with incomplete corrections, a second revise, and a final uncorrected proof.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1