Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature F (Delaware Museum, early proof fragment)

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 7 (circa)
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 79-80
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 is a single revise page made after the first revise proof of Signature F. The latter shows DGR calling for a revision on page 80 that he failed to include in the first author's proof. Also, page 79 of the latter has two author revisions that appear in this revise. All of these corrections come into the second state of the first revise proof which is part of the British Library proofs.

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 loose page proof, the museum also has an incomplete copy of what appears to be the first revise (unnumbered and undated), an incomplete copy of the second revise (dated 14 Apr and numbered 3), and an incomplete copy of the third revise (undated, unnumbered). The British Library proofs include a complete undated copy of the first revise (numbered 2).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1