The Stream's Secret and Four Sonnets (Princeton/Troxell Proofs, Copy 1)

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 an imperfect set of revise proofs for the first edition.
Pagination: [1]-4, 9-16
Authorization: DGR
Note on Publication: DGR's notes on the placement of the texts accompany each separate poem.
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Princeton University Library, Troxell Collection
Catalog Number: 23308

Physical Description

Paper: 17.1 x 11.1 cm


  • Fraser, “The Rossetti Collection of Janet Camp Troxell”, 164.
  • Keane, “D. G. Rossetti's Poems 1870”, 205-207.
  • Lewis, The Trial Book Fallacy, 187-188.
  • Troxell, “The Trial Books”, 188-189.

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 comprise the second state of the revise—the first being 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” (a partial proof containing only pages 1-4, 9-12); “The Love-Letter” (page 13); “Barren Spring” (page 14); “The Wine of Circe” (page 15); and “The Monochord” (page 16).

With these revise proofs is housed a virtually identical duplicate set, and there are other sets in the Huntington Library, a second in the British Library ( Ashley 1404) in addition to British Library Add. MSS. 45353, and two identical copies in the Fitzwilliam, both bound with other proofs for the 1870 Poems ( proofs for the first edition and mixed proofs for the first edition ).

Printing History

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

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