On One Condition

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: On One Condition
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Collation: 1 page
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Duke University Library
Catalog Number: Rossetti Writings XXI. Eighteen Sonnets

Physical Description

Paper: white ruled
Dimensions of Document: 6 3/8 x 8 1/8 in.


  • Baum, Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 14-16, 56-65

Scholarly Commentary


This is apparently the only manuscript copy of the poem and is one of the eighteen bouts rimés sonnets by DGR and (apparently) WMR preserved in the Duke University Library. The numbers heading each of the sonnets suggest that they are selected from a larger group, perhaps comprising at least forty-four sonnets.

Textual History: Revision

That DGR cancelled this manuscript text indicates his dissatisfaction with what he had written. And the sonnet is indeed markedly weaker than the rest of DGR's bouts rimés sonnets.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 34-1848.dukems.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the Special Collections Library, Duke University