Ashley 1404 (Page Proofs for The Stream's Secret and four other sonnets)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Untitled]
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Printer: Strangeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1870 March
Pre-Publication Information: This is a set of revise proofs for the first edition.
Pagination: [1]-16
Authorization: DGR
Note on Publication: DGR's notes on the placement of the texts head each separate poem.
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: British Library, Ashley Library
Catalog Number: Ashley1404

Physical Description

Paper: 17.1 x 11.1 cm


  • T. A. J. Burnett, Unpublished Notes on the Ashley Library (The British Library, n.d.)

Scholarly Commentary


This is a set of proof texts of five poems that DGR added to his 1870 volume at the latest stage of its printing in March 1870. They represent a textual addition that would have been printed up for reviewers who had already received early review copies of the 1870 Poems in which these poems would not have appeared. This document represents a fairly late stage in the printing of these added poems; the earliest extant stage would be represented by the proof pages DGR sent to Jane Morris (British Library Add. MSS. 45353), probably only a day or two before these proofs were pulled. These proofs carry the revisions marked in the proofs sent to Jane Morris, as well as other revisions not called for in those proofs.

The proof contains the following poems: “ The Stream's Secret” (pages 1-12); “ The Love-Letter” (page 13); “ Barren Spring” (page 14); “ The Wine of Circe” (page 15); and “ The Monochord” (page 16).

Another (uncorrected) set of these revise proofs is housed in the Huntington Library, and two others are in both the Fitzwilliam Library and in the Princeton/Troxell collections.

There were four states that this revise passed through; this is the third state.

Printing History

Printed March 1870, just before the publication of the 1870 Poems in April.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: ashley1404.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of The British Library.