Notebook Pages (Notebook I, Duke Library)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1863-1869
Collation: [1]-[32]
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Duke University Library
Catalog Number: XXV. Notebook I

Physical Description

Cover: Dark green morocco with gold trim
Paper: 8 9/16 x 7 1/8 in
Other Physical Features: The paper is uniform throughout except for the small leaf comprising pages [2] and [3] and the other smaller leaves that are pasted into the notebook pages.


  • Baum, ed., Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 25-26.

Scholarly Commentary


This set of disbound notebook pages represents (with two exceptions) the remains of an integral notebook that was used between 1863-1868 by DGR for various kinds of memoranda. As WMR's cover note indicates, the book originally contained quite a few drawings and sketches which, however, WMR later removed, as he notes. Nonetheless, a few of the drawings remain among the pages. The notebook is particularly interesting because it contains, at the front, the prescription and dosage that DGR used for his chloral.

Unlike the other notebooks in the Duke University Library, the pages gathered here are not marked by WMR with his bracketed numeration. The order of the pages as they appear in the library's archive is clearly not the order of the pages as they were originally sequenced in the bound notebook. The dates that appear throughout testify to the scattering of the leaves.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: nb0002.duke.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images used with permission of the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.