Binding Design: The Prince's Progress (1866)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: Plain, smooth apple-green, cloth boards. Design blocked in gold on upper and lower covers and spine. Reddish-brown end-papers.
Dimensions: 7 x 4 3/5

Production Description

Production Date: 1866

Scholarly Commentary


DGR developed the design for his sister's book over several months in 1865-1866. Gold-stamped on a smooth green cloth, the design elaborates the one he designed for his sister's first book, Goblin Market and other Poems . The simple straight lines of the latter yield in this case to curvilinear forms. The arrangement at the spine has a medieval style, suggesting a book held with gold metal hinges. As a consequence, the small circular forms at the line intersections suggest small nail heads.

DGR also made a drawing for the title page, from which W. J. Linton made the woodcut for the printed book.


  • Fredeman, “‘Woodman, Spare that Block’ (1996), 7-41
  • Grieve, “Applied Art 2. ” (1973), 79-83
  • Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 118
  • DGR: Painter and Poet [Royal Academy 1973], 58 (no. 230).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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