Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature F (Delaware Museum, second revise proof, incomplete)

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 14
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 65-66, 79-80
Issue: 3
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


These two leaves come from a copy of the second revise for Signature F. The proofs carry the printer's date stamp 14 April 81 on the first page as well as the handwritten number 3 in the upper left corner. The proofs also carry DGRs note to the printer (on page 65) directing him to move five lines of the text of the Beryl Song from page 66 to page 65.

Textual History: Revision

The library of the Delaware Art Museum has three complete sets of proofs for this signature: a copy of the first author's proof (dated Apr 81 and numbered 1), a complete copy of the second revise (dated 14 Apr 81 and numbered 4), and a copy of the final proof (dated 22 Apr and numbered 5). In addition to this fragmentary copy of the second revise, the museum also has an incomplete copy of what appears to be the first revise (unnumbered and undated), an incomplete copy of the third revise (undated, unnumbered), as well as a loose proof leaf for pages 79-80 that shows DGR calling for a revision on page 80 that he failed to include in the first author's proof. The British Library proofs include an undated copy of the first revise (numbered 2).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1