Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature Q (Delaware Museum, late uncorrected proof, author's copy)

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: 225-240
Issue: 4
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 proof for Signature Q with one correction by DGR on page 227. Undated and marked 4a by the printer, it is one of four late proofs states among the total number of eleven 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 Q: an author's first proof (corrected, dated 4 May 1881 and numbered 1); three copies of the first revise, author's copy 1, author's copy 2, and an uncorrected copy (all dated 6 May 1881); three copies of the second revise, two with author's corrections ( author's copy 1 and author's copy 2, and a uncorrected copy (all dated 9 May 1881); and four copies of a late proof state (none dated): this corrected author's copy, a complete uncorrected copy with an author's correction; an imperfect copy with printer's corrections; and an uncorrected copy made of uncut sheets. The British Library proofs have another copy (partial) of revise proofs for this signature (dated 28 April).

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