Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature C (Delaware Museum first author's proof, copy 1)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Ballads and Sonnets
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co.
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1881 April 6
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 17-32
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: C 8


Current Location: Library, Delaware Art Museum

Physical Description

Point: 10 point; 6 point leading
Font: roman
Lines per Page: 17
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 one of two complete sets of first author's proofs for Signature C, the earliest of the extant proofs for this signature. The proofs carry the printer's date stamp 6 April 81 on the first page as well as the handwritten number 1 in the upper left corner. DGR's corrections on every page except 19, 22, 23, 27, 31, and 32.

The duplicate of this set is also in the Delaware Art Museum library.

Textual History: Revision

The library of the Delaware Art Museum has four sets of complete proofs for this signature, each numbered and date stamped by the printer Charles Whittingham, of Chiswick Press. In addition to these author's proofs and their duplicate, the other sets at Delaware are: the second printer's revise (numbered 3; perfect, dated 13 April); and the third printer's revise (numbered 4; perfect, dated 22 April). The Delaware library also has a fragment (pages 23-26) of what must have been a copy of the second revise. The British Library also has a set of the first printer's revise (numbered 2; perfect, dated 13 April).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1