Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature P (Delaware Museum, 9 May 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 9
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 209-224
Issue: 3
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 a complete proof for Signature P, dated 9 May and marked 3a by the printer. It carries only printer's corrections for improving space design between words and two incorrectly printed letters, plus the addition of a period in a running head. 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: the author's first proof (corrected, dated 4 May 1881 and numbered 1a) and a second copy of this first proof, also with some (but fewer) corrections; two uncorrected copies of the first revise, copy 1 and copy 2 (both dated 6 May 1881 and numbered 2a and 2b respectively); and two uncorrected copies of a subsequent proof, this copy and an incomplete duplicate copy (both dated 9 May 1881 and numbered 3a and 3b respectively). The British Library proofs have another copy (undated, marked “3”) of revise proofs for this signature.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1