Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature N (Delaware Museum, third revise, author'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 May 4
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 177-192
Issue: 4
Authorization: DGR
Collation: N 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 corrected author's copy (dated 4 May 1881) of the third revise of Signature N of the Ballads and Sonnets volume. Two duplicates of this proof are also held in the Delaware Art Museum library, both without revisions.

This proof was pulled because not all of DGR's corrections that were sent with the first revise (printed on 28 April) made their way into the second revise (printed on 3 May).

Textual History: Revision

Besides this author's corrected copy of the third revise, the Delaware proofs include the following: copy 1 and copy 2 of the first proof with only eight sonnets printed; copy 1 and copy 2 of the first revise (dated 28 April 1881 and numbered 1a and 1b respectively), both with DGR's corrections throughout; copy 1 and copy 2 of the second revise (dated 3 May 1881 and numbered 1a and 1b respectively), both without revisions; this corrected author's third revise plus two uncorrected copies of the third revise, uncorrected copy 1 and uncorrected copy 2 ), all dated 4 May 1881 and numbered 3c, 3a, and 3b respectively; an uncorrected and two corrected copies of the fourth revise ( corrected copy 1 and corrected copy 2), all dated 6 May 1881 and numbered 4a, 4b, and 4c respectively; four copies of the final proof, including WMR's copy with his notes, DGR's corrected copy , an uncorrected partial copy , and a copy with uncut sheets ), all undated and numbered 5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d. Delaware also has the proof of the cancel leaf (pages 185-186), marked as such and with with DGR's correction. The British Library proofs have another copy (partial) of revise proofs for this signature (dated 28 April).

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