Notebook Pages (Note Book IV, Duke Library)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1871, 1880
Collation: 89 pages plus one half sheet (page [85a]) cut from the page that followed received page [84].
Note: Each page is numbered in square brackets in the upper right or left corner by WMR. Page stubs indicate that eleven leaves were cut away from the notebook after page [72]
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Duke University Library
Catalog Number: Writings: XXVIII. Note Book IV

Physical Description

Cover: Dark blue morocco
Note on binding: slip pasted inside front cover indicating the notebook was sold by Partridge and Cooper
Paper: lined white
Watermark: COUPER 1869
Dimensions of Document: 8 9/16 x 7 in


  • Baum, ed., Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 41-49, 78-117.

Scholarly Commentary


All of the pages gathered here under the heading “Note Book IV” are in fact from the same original notebook, and some of the pages are still bound together (pages [3]-[18]). From several indications, especially the red “X” marks that appear from time to time in the first 52 pages and from the fragment of the text of “The White Ship” (page [56]), it is clear that DGR used the notebook around 1880. But as WMR's note on page [6] suggests, the notebook was originally used around 1871.

Printing History

This notebook saw first publication in Baum's Rossetti Manuscripts: Unpublished Verse and Prose (1931). This new edition corrects the omissions found in Baum's transcription.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: nb0005.duke.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images used with permission of the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.