Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature E (Delaware Museum, first author's proof)

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: 49-64
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: E 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 a set of the first author's proofs for Signature E, 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 come on pages 49, 50, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, and 64.

Textual History: Revision

The library of the Delaware Art Museum has four sets of proofs for this signature, the first, third, and fourth numbered and date stamped by the printer Charles Whittingham, of Chiswick Press. In addition to these author's proofs, the other sets at Delaware are: the first printer's revise (numbered 2; perfect, undated), the second revise (numbered 3, perfect, dated 13 April); and the final revise (numbered 4, dated 22 April). The British Library also has a set of the final revise (numbered 4; perfect, dated 22 April).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1