Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature N (Delaware Museum, proof for cancel leaf)

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 August 3
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 185-186
Issue: 5
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


This is the proof for the cancel leaf that DGR called for in a letter to his publisher Ellis on 3 August 1880, in order to make a late correction on page 186. Three complete copies and one incomplete of the final proof for Signature N are also held in the Delaware Art Museum library. All these late proofs were pulled subsequent to the 6 May revise of the earlier proofs.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this proof for the cancel leaf, 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; the 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; three copies of the fourth revise, the uncorrected copy, 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: WMR's copy, DGR's corrected copy, an uncorrected partial copy), and another incomplete uncorrected copy, all undated and numbered 5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d. The British Library proofs have another copy of revise proofs for this signature (dated 3 May).

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