Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature X (Delaware Museum, second revise 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 18 (circa)
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 305-320
Issue: 4
Authorization: DGR
Collation: X 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 12.8cm (crown octavo)

Scholarly Commentary


This is a copy of the second revise proof for Signature X. It exhibits several kinds of corrections: some printer's notations to improve the character spacing; a note by WMR (on page 313) regarding the variant spellings of Shakespeare's name; and two textual corrections, at least one by DGR (on page 312).

Textual History: Revision

Besides this copy of the third revise proof, the Delaware proofs for Signature X include the following: an author's first proof (partial) with various corrections; two copies of the author's first revise, a complete copy and a partial copy, both with corrections; and another copy of the second revise proof, also with corrections. The British Library proofs have a complete copy of the first author's proofs for this signature (dated 6 May).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1