Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature F (Delaware Museum, final revise proof, WMR's 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 22
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 65-80
Issue: 5
Authorization: DGR
Collation: F 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 complete set of the last proofs for Signature F was the copy sent to DGR's brother for comment and criticism. He has a query note in the margin on page 74. The proofs carry the printer's date stamp 22 April 81 on the first page as well as the handwritten number 5 in the upper left corner.

Textual History: Revision

The library of the Delaware Art Museum has three complete sets of proofs for this signature: besides this last author's proof, a copy of the first author's proof (dated Apr 81 and numbered 1) and a copy of the second revise (dated 14 Apr 81 and numbered 4). The museum also has three incomplete proofs: an incomplete copy of what appears to be the first revise (unnumbered and undated), and incomplete copy of the second revise (dated 14 Apr and numbered 3), and 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