Ballads and Sonnets (1882), fourth edition

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Ballads and Sonnets
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: Ellis and White
Printer: Chiswick Press, C. Wittingham and Co.
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1882
Edition: 4
Pagination: [2 unpaginated], [i-v], vi-xii, [1-3], 4-68, [69-71], 72-95, [96-99], 100-159, [160-165], 166-265, [266-269], 270-309, [310-313], 314-337, [338], [2 adverts]
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: A 6, B - Y 8, Z 1


Current Location: Library of Jerome McGann

Physical Description

Cover: original publisher's binding in blue cloth, stamped with a gold design of flowers ranged over gold curls on the binding
Endpapers: cream colored laid paper
Font: roman
Lines per Page: 17, 24
Margin top: 1.5 cm
Margin bottom: 3 cm
Margin right: 3 cm
Margin left: 2.5 cm
Note on Typography: The number of lines per page varies. For the longer poems, like the opening ballads, the number is 17/page; for the sonnets, as in The House of Life sequence, the number is 24.
Dimensions of Document: 19x12.8cm

Scholarly Commentary


No evidence indicates that DGR proofed the texts printed in this edition or even that he saw a set of proofs. DGR died on 9 April, about a month after the edition was printed off.

The only change between this edition and Ellis's three previous editions appears in the pagination. Two unpaginated pages come in between page [160] and [161] in the earlier printings. Here they are counted in the pagination sequence, though they do not actually bear printed numbers on the pages. The change alters the total pagination of the book.

For further information on this book see the commentaries for the first edition.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 2-1881.4thed.rad.xml