Binding Design: Ballads and Sonnets (1881)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: Plain, dull-green, smooth cloth boards. Design blocked in gold on upper and lower covers and spine. Light, blue-green end papers blocked in indigo.
Dimensions: 7 4/5 x 5 2/5 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1881


Note: The image of the binding is from a copy of the book in the library of Jerome McGann.

Scholarly Commentary


Except for the title lettering on the spine, DGR carried over the same binding design to this volume from the one he had made for his 1870 volume of Poems . This book thus appeared in a uniform binding design with its companion volume issued the same year, the 1881 New Edition of Poems . The endpapers for this book are also the same as those he created for the 1870 book.

The binding design for the de luxe edition of this volume also repeats the designs of the de luxe editions of the other two books issued in 1870 and 1881.


  • Fredeman, “Woodman, Spare that Block”, 7-41.
  • Grieve,“Applied Art 2”, 79-83.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1