Preface to the 1901 Facsimile Reprint of The Germ

William Michael Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: The Germ; thoughts towards nature in poetry, literature and art; being a facsimile reprint of the literary organ of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, published in 1850, with an introduction by William Michael Rossetti. [1901]
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Editor: William Michael Rossetti
Publisher: Elliot Stock
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1901
Note on Publication: As originally issued this reprint edition appeared in five separate fascicles, the first containing this “Preface” by WMR, the last four containing each of the four numbers of the original periodical.


Current Location: Alderman Library Special Collections
Catalog Number: ap4.g415

Physical Description

Cover: The 1901 edition accidently reverses the back wrappers for the February and March issues.


  • Hunt, Pre-Raphaelitism , 128-152.
  • Carl Dowson, Victorian Noon.
  • Martha L. Laurent, Tennyson and the Poetry of The Germ: A Study of Early Pre-Raphaelite Poets , Ph. D. Thesis 1965.
  • James Ashcroft Noble, “A Pre-Raphaelite Magazine,” Fraser's Magazine (May 1882), 568-580.
  • Ernest Radford, “The Life and Death of The Germ,” Idler 13 (1898), 227-233.
  • WMR, Preface to the 1901 facsimile edition of The Germ .
  • WMR, The P.R.B. Journal.
  • WMR, Preraphaelite Diaries and Letters.

Scholarly Commentary


This introduction to the extremely valuable facsimile edition of The Germ is still the best critical discussion available. It gives a narrative of the circumstances and persons involved in founding the periodical as well as good discussions of the contents of each number.

WMR's edition endeavored to reproduce the original periodical as closely as possible not only in its textual elements, but in its bibliographical features as well. The edition was issued in five parts: four close physical facsimiles of each of the four numbers of the original periodical (in paper covers as the original numbers), plus this pamphlet containing WMR's Introduction to the edition.

The excellence of this facsimile should not be taken to mean, however, that it is without errors. There are a number. Also, the facsimile is not exact.

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