Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature Q (Delaware Museum, first author's corrected 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 4
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 225-240
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: Q 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 author's corrected set of first proofs of Signature Q, dated 4 May and marked 1 by the printer. As the note on page 238 shows, this was a proof that DGR had sent to his brother for comment and suggestions.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this proof, the Delaware Art Museum library has the following proof copies of Signature Q: three copies of the first revise, two corrected author's copies, copy 1 and copy 2 and an uncorrected copy (all dated 6 May 1881); three copies of the second revise, an uncorrected copy, and two author's copies, author's copy 1 , and author's copy 2 (all dated 9 May 1881); and four copies of a late proof state (none dated): a set of uncorrected proof sheets ; a copy with an author's correction; an imperfect copy with a printer's corrections; and an uncorrected copy. The British Library proofs have another copy (partial) of revise proofs for this signature (dated 28 April).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1