Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature R (Beinecke Library, first revise, 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 9
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 241-256
Issue: 2
Authorization: DGR
Collation: R 8


Current Location: Beinecke Library, Yale University
Catalog Number: Tinker 1820

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 12.8cm (crown octavo)

Scholarly Commentary


This is DGR's corrected copy of the first revise proof of Signature R (dated 9 May) and numbered 2. The revise is especially interesting because it exhibits the transposition of the sonnets on pages 243-244 that DGR called for in his first author's proof, but that he quickly rescinded, as we see in two uncorrected copies of the first revise at Delaware, copy 1 (dated 9 May 1881) and copy 2 (undated), both of which must have been printed off immediately after this revise. This revise is also notable because it is the last printing to retain the footnote on page 241, which represents DGR's gloss on that important sonnet. DGR marks the footnote for deletion in this proof.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1