Jan Van Hunks (British Library, Ashley 3868)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Jan Van Hunks
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1882
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Collation: 13 leaves (in a notebook of 28 leaves)
Note: The poem is fair copied in ink into a quarto notebook (unwatermarked) of white laid and ruled paper. The text is copied on both sides of the first two leaves and on the recto of the remaining eleven. DGR's corrections are in both ink and pencil.
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: The British Library
Catalog Number: Ashley 3868

Physical Description

Paper: laid white ruled, 16 x 10.2 cm
Watermark: none
Other Physical Features: The notebook is a standard stationer's size account book.


  • Wahl ed., Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Jan Van Hunks1952

Scholarly Commentary


This manuscript of the ballad was fair copied by DGR, probably in February and March 1882, from the late working manuscript of 1881-1882. DGR gave it as a gift to Watt-Dunton, who published the ballad for the first time after DGR's death. The text printed by Watts-Dunton does not give and accurate rendering of its manuscript copy.

Printing History

First published from this manuscript in 1909 in The English Review(January 1909), 193-200.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 3-1846.blms.rad.xml
Copyright: Text courtesy of the British Library