Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature Y (Delaware Museum, first author'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 7
Pre-Publication Information: proof
Pagination: 321-336
Issue: 1
Authorization: DGR
Collation: Y 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 complete copy with corrections of the first author's proof for Signature Y. Comparing this proof with the proofs for the Signature X one can see that this first author's proof for Signature Y was pulled before the printer received the revisions made in Signature X. This first revise for Signature Y incorporates the changes DGR made in Signature X between 6 and 10 May, that is to say, in the first author's proof for that signature. The first revise for Signature X removes the sonnet commemorating Oliver Madox Brown from that signature. The sonnet does not appear in this first proof of Signature Y, which was pulled on 7 May 1881, the day after Signature X was first pulled. That sonnet does not come into Signature Y until the first revise.

Textual History: Revision

Besides this copy of the first author's proof, the Delaware proofs for Signature Y include the following: a complete copy of the first revise proof; a partial set of a second revise, (comprising pages 321,329-332); and two sets of the third revise, WMR's complete set with his comments, and DGR's corrected set . The British Library proofs have another complete copy of the first revise proof for this signature (dated 10 May).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1