Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature O (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 May 3
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 193-208
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: O 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 the author's corrected first proof for Signature O (dated 3 May 1881 and numbered 1 in the Delaware Art Museum library).

Textual History: Revision

Besides this corrected first proof, the Delaware Art Museum library has the following proof copies of Signature O: three copies of the first revise, the author's corrected copy, and two uncorrected copies, copy 1 and copy 2 (all dated 6 May 1881); the author's corrected copy and an uncorrected copy (undated and numbered 3b) of the second revise; four copies of the third revise, including a complete corrected author's copy , an incomplete corrected author's copy , plus two uncorrected copies, uncorrected copy 1 and uncorrected (partial) copy 2 , none dated; and an uncorrected and undated copy of the final proof (numbered 5). The British Library proofs have another copy of revise proofs for this signature (dated 3 May). The latter slightly precedes this copy and hence does not carry all of the corrections called for here.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1