Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature P (Delaware Museum, 4 May author's proof, copy 1)

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: 209-224
Issue: 2
Authorization: DGR
Collation: P 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 an complete first author's proof for Signature P, dated 4 May and marked 1a by the printer. It exhibits various corrections by DGR. It is one of six proof copies of this signature in the Delaware Art Museum library.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this proof, the Delaware Art Museum library has the following proof copies of Signature P: a first proof duplicate copy also dated 4 May (and numbered 1b), with some (but fewer) corrections; two uncorrected copies of the first revise, copy 1 and a duplicate copy (both dated 6 May 1881 and numbered 2a and 2b respectively); and two uncorrected copies of a subsequent proof, a complete copy and an incomplete duplicate copy (both dated 9 May 1881 and numbered 3a and 3b respectively). The British Library proofs have another copy (partial) of revise proofs for this signature (dated 28 April).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1