Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature O (Delaware Museum, complete third revise, partial uncorrected copy 2)

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 18 - 1881 June
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 193-194, 197-208
Issue: 4
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 12.8 cm (crown octavo)

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of the two uncorrected copies of the third revise for Signature O in the Delaware Art Museum library, which has a total of four copies of this proof signature. Some printer's markings appear beside several of the sonnets in this proof. The first page is torn at the bottom and a manuscript line that seems to be DGR's runs from text line 9 along the left margin to the tornarea, indicating that DGR may have added a note to this text. The text of the line is the received text.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this uncorrected and incomplete third revise proof copy, the Delaware Art Museum library has the following proof copies of Signature O: the author's first proof (corrected, dated 3 May 1881 and numbered 1); 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 and numbered 2a, 2b, and 2c respectively); two copies of the second revise, the author's corrected copy (dated 9 May 1881 and numbered 3a) and an uncorrected copy (undated and numbered 3b); and four copies of the third revise, including this complete uncorrected copy, an incomplete corrected author's copy and a complete corrected author's copy, plus uncorrected copy 1, none dated but each numbered 4c, 4a, 4d, and 4b respectively; 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).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1