Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature K (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 14
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 129-144
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: K 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 complete copy (dated 14 April 1881 and numbered 1) of the first author's proof of Signature K of the Ballads and Sonnets volume. After this proof DGR made some significant additions and alterations to this section of the ballad at pages 138-141.

Textual History: Revision

In addition to this complete first author's proof, the library of the Delaware Museum of Art contains the following proof materials for Signature K of DGR's Ballads and Sonnets volume: a complete compositor's copy of the first revise (undated and unnumbered); a complete author's copy of the first revise and a duplicate of that (both dated 22 April 1881, numbered 3); a complete copy of the second revise (undated and numbered 1); an incomplete copy of the third revise (dated 31 May 81 and unnumbered); and a complete copy of the final revise (dated 2 Jun and unnumbered). The British Library proofs have another copy of the first author's proofs for this signature (dated 14 Apr 81 and numbered 1).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1