Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature G (Delaware Museum, early proof revise 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
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 83-84, 89-90
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 loose leaves appear to be from a first author's proof of Signature G, and marked with changes that DGR decided upon after he had sent back a copy of that proof with his initial set of corrections and changes. The British Library set of proofs for the Ballads and Sonnets has a complete set of the first author's proofs for this signature.

Textual History: Revision

In addition to these early fragmentary proof pages and an incomplete set of first revise proofs (undated and numbered 2), the library of the Delaware Art Museum has five complete sets of proofs for this signature: a complete copy of the first revise proof (undated and numbered 2); a complete copy of a subsequent revise (dated 22 Apr 81 and numbered 4), and a duplicate of that; a complete copy of the final proof (dated 17 May and numbered 5) and a duplicate of that as well. The British Library proofs have a copy of the first author's proofs for this signature (dated Apr 81 and numbered 1).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1