Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature K (Delaware Museum, first revise proof, copy 3)

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: 129-144
Issue: 2
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 (duplicate) copy (dated 22 April and numbered 3) of the first revise proof of Signature K of the Ballads and Sonnets volume. It is a printer's proof. The printer's note on p. 143 shows that this proof was used when the text was being augmented in later revises.

Textual History: Revision

In addition to this complete first revise (printer's copy), 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 copy of the first author's proof (dated 14 April and numbered 1); another complete copy (author's copy) of the first revise (also dated 22 April 1881 and numbered 3) as well as a compositor's duplicate (uncorrected, udated, unnumbered); 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