Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature Q (Delaware Museum, late corrected printer's 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 18 -1881 June
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 225-226, 226--239
Issue: 4
Authorization: DGR


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 imperfect proof for Signature Q, undated and marked 4a by the printer. It has some printer's corrections as well as a marginal alternate reading (not by DGR), both on page 225. It lacks page 240 and has a duplicate page 226. 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 printer's copy, a copy with an author's correction; an uncorrected copy; 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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