Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature D (Delaware Museum, fragment of the WMR proof copy)

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 13
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 41-42
Authorization: DGR


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 leaf from Signature D is all that remains (apparently) of the proofs that DGR had sent to his brother for comment and correction in late April 1881. They comprise pages 41-42, with a correction on page 42 (line 258) by DGR in response to a marginal note on the page by WMR.

Textual History: Revision

The library of the Delaware Art Museum has four sets of proofs for this signature, the first two numbered and date stamped by the printer Charles Whittingham, of Chiswick Press. In addition to this final revise (perfect, undated and without corrections), the museum also has a copy of the author's proofs undated), a duplicate of the latter, and a copy of the first revise(unnumbered, undated). The British Library also has a set of the first printer's revise (numbered 2; perfect, undated).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1