The Bride's Prelude (and other Manuscripts)


Production Description

Document Title: Original Autograph Manuscripts by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with Annotations by William Michael Rossetti
Author: DGR
Date of composition: 1869?, 1871?, 1878
Type of Manuscript: Corrected manuscripts and printed texts
Collation: 5 leaves
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Princeton University Library, Taylor Collection
Catalog Number: 49323

Physical Description

Cover: Gold stamped blue leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
Paper: white lined notebook paper
Watermark: COUPER 1869 (third leaf)
Dimensions of Document: 22 x 18cm
Other Physical Features: the pages are torn from one of DGR's typical notebooks


Scholarly Commentary


H. Buxton Forman put together this volume of DGR materials and had it handsomely bound.

The principal document is the three page initial section giving DGR's “Continuation” for “The Bride's Prelude”. DGR probably wrote this prose description of the conclusion of his poem in 1869 or 1871. According to WMR, it was written around 1878, but the watermark argues an earlier date. DGR's notations on page [4] seem to indicate his thoughts about the possible publication of the poem in his 1870 volume—an idea he came to reject.

Printing History

WMR first published the substance of this prose description in his 1886 collected Works (I. 515-516). WMR evidently edited this text in order to give it a readerly coherence (see the text as printed in his 1911 edition).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections