[c.1881]. A very nice handwritten copy of this fine early poem by Rossetti. He wrote the sonnet on his trip to the continent with Holman Hunt in the autumn of 1849. This manuscript is undated, but it is possibly a draft of the final poem. It uses wording which was changed in the final version of the poem as published in Ballads and Sonnets in 1881 and the Collected Works in 1887. In the published collections, Rossetti writes in line twelve..."was blown abroad on gospel-tongues of flame." In this handwritten copy he writes "was blown abroad upon swift tongues of flame." It is known that Rossetti often wrote out slightly differing versions of his sonnets. Written on one side of a 4 3/4 x 7 1/8 piece of paper torn from a larger sheet, which has an embossed stamp at lower left edge that reads "best quality." Mounted on sheet of archival paper and protected by acetate. In very good condition. AUTO/102814. Very Good.
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London, Bombay, and Sydney: George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1929. Orr, Monro S. Paperback. Thin 8vo. An unusual work by Rossetti. This is number 383 of 620 copies. Introduction by Mackenzie Bell. Printed by W. Lewis at the University Press in Cambridge. Illustrated by Monro S. Orr. Vellum wrappers with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front panel. Minor browning and slight crease to spine. Clean, bright interior with several illustrations. 42 pages. PRERAPH/031607. Near Fine.
London: Ellis and White, 1881. Hardcover. First Edition. AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY. Inscribed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: "To Frederick Leyland from his friend D.G. Rossetti 1881." Rossetti died the following year. Leyland was Rossetti's most important late patron. Frederick Leyland (1832-1892) was a Liverpool shipping magnate and major art collector. He had a collection of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites and from artists of the Aesthetic Movement, as well as an important collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. His collection included Rossetti's “The Blessed Damozel,” “Monna Rosa Proserpine”, and “Lady Lillith.” Rossetti also painted portraits of Leyland and his wife. Other well-known works commissioned by Leyland were “The Beguiling of Merlin” by Edward Burne-Jones, and Whistler's Peacock Room, which was installed in his London house (The Peacock Room may now be seen at the Freer Art Gallery). Bound in original green cloth with gilt flower and lattice design by Rossetti on covers and spine. There is spotting to the preliminary leaves and at the end of the book, including on the inscription page, but this does not obscure the inscription. Closed half-inch margin tear to page 327. A very nice copy in very good plus condition. Housed in a modern green cloth clamshell box. 335 pages plus one page ad. PRERAPH/052213. Very Good.
London: Stangeways and Walden, . First edition. A unique and most interesting offering - a scarce privately printed book accompanied by only recently published handwritten letters from Rossetti's brother, William Michael (the texts of the letters were published for the first time in "Notes and Queries," Oxford University Press, in January 17, 2011). This is a privately printed edition of a story that had first appeared in The Germ in 1850. Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally intended to include this prose story in his volume of verse, but decided not to following the recovery of his poetical manuscript notebook from the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal. This short story offers a manifesto for the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. It tells the tale of a fictional Renaissance poet who realizes that the artist's only duty is to express what is in his soul. This pamphlet is an offprint from the typesetting found in proofs produced between October 30 and November 25 1869. William Rossetti notes when his brother excluded the story from his published verse he had various copies of Hand and Soul done up in drab wrappers, and that he gave some away but never sold them. Both Thomas Wise and Charles Fairfax Murray state, without citing any authority, that one hundred copies were printed. About thirty can now be accounted for. All but a handful are in institutional collections, most deriving from a cache discovered by William after Dante Gabriel's death in 1882. William Michael Rossetti sent this copy to an admirer of his family, Louisa Douglas Summerbell. She was an artist and illuminator much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. Rossetti has inscribed the book "To Miss L. Douglas Summerbell with the friendly regards of Wm. Rossetti June 1896." Written above this in William's hand is a six-line explanation of the pamphlet's publishing history. Bound in are five important signed autograph letters, seventeen pages in all, from William Rossetti to Miss Summerbell, written between 1896 and 1906, in which he discusses at length the writings of Dante Gabriel, Christina and himself. In original buff printed wrappers that Summerbell had neatly sewn into limp green cloth along with the letters and laid into a beautiful 19th-century handmade leather case showing some rubbing. On the preliminary leaf of the cloth bound book is a note that it had passed to her friend, Ruth Johnston. From the celebrated poetry collection of Gerald N. Wachs and included in an exhibition of his collection at the Grolier Club in 1995. Pamphlet in very good collection bound into near fine cloth book. Housed in a green cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near Fine.
London: F.S.Ellis, 1870. Hardcover. A fine association copy inscribed to Arthur Hughes from Rossetti. The inscription reads: “To Arthur Hughes, from his friend, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, April 1870.” These men were two of the most important artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. This is one of only a few copies personally inscribed to Rossetti’s close friends (see D.G.R. Letters to Publishers). Bound in dark green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Attractive gilt floral decoration by Rossetti to spine and boards. Minor wear to edges and slight discoloration to boards. Clean, bright interior with decorative end pages and a tight binding. Housed in a black cloth covered clamshell box with gilt label to spine. 282 pages plus 4 pages of advertisements. Very Good condition. PRERAPH/102006. Very Good.
New York: Brentano's, 1909. Hardcover. Small 4to. In maroon cloth covered boards with elaborate gilt title stamping and border decoration to spine and front cover. Both volumes are very clean and attractive with only the slightest darkening to the spines. Gilt top edge is a bit dusty, decal edge to fore and bottom. Internally both volumes are clean and bright with the only foxing occuring on the tissue guard of the frontis on voume 1. A lovely and collectible set of Rossetti's poems. 245pp., 246pp. PRERAPH/082306. Very Good Plus.
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1909. Hardcover. 8vo. A beautiful set of the complete poems of Rossetti. It includes those that were published both before and after his death, with a preface and notes written by his brother, William Michael Rossetti. The works are categorized (poems, lyrics, translations, etc.) and within each category are in the approximate order they were written. Elegantly bound in three quarter brown leather with burgundy and blue marbled boards. There are six gilt compartments to spine, four with a floral design and the title and volume number in the other two. The marbled endpapers match the covers. The interior is clean and bright, with the first few signatures in each volume slightly loose but holding well. A previous owner has written little adages about life in pencil on the free endpaper in each volume. Frontispiece portrait of Dante Rossetti in Volume I. Volume I has 336 pages.; Volume II has 293 pages. PRERAPH/043008. Near Fine.
Oxford: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1965-1967. Hardcover. First Edition. Volume I: 1835-1860; Volume II: 1861-1870; Volume III: 1871-76; Volume IV: 1877-1882. At the time of publication this was the most comprehensive collection of Rossetti's letters ever published, and included an enormous amount of hitherto unpublished material. As stated by the editors, "These letters present a fascinating picture of London Art-circles, seen through the vivid personality of the poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti." In addition to chronicling his own complex life, many important contemporaries appear in Rossetti's correspondence, including Ruskin, Madox Brown, Morris, Burne-Jones, Millais, and Swinburne. The first letter in the collection was written when Rossetti was seven years old. The last was written four days before his death on April 9 1882. In publisher dust jackets in light red and cream with Rossetti protrait on front cover. Price-clipped but otherwise very good. Bound in original dark blue cloth with title and editors to spines. Interior pages bright and clean, and in near fine condition. Continuously paginated: 1953 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. PRERAPH/111914. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Ellis & Elvey, 1904. Hardcover. 7 of 30 numbered copies with the plates on Japanese vellum. 25 copies were for subscribers and 5 for presentation. A lovely set bound in full vellum. teg. Slight soiling to gilt on fore-edge of Volume II.Beautifully printed, with 18 full page illustrations and frontispieces from Rossetti's paintings and drawings. Each is protected by a tissue guard giving the name of the work. It was noted by bibliographer Colbeck that the poem "After the French Liberation of Italy" was being published for the first time. Vellum binding is in very good condition with just the lightest signs of handling. Gilt title and author to spine, and Rossetti's own design of his initials on front cover. Interior is pristine. Bookplate of Frederick William Brown affixed to each front pastedown. Original blue ribbon placemarks present. Housed in modern green cloth slipcase. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 245 pages. PRERAPH/070910 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
[London]: . Rare. This is a single leaf, with the poem dated "D.G.R. 1859" below the text. The sonnet was printed as part of the proof process for Rossetti's Poems, published in April 1870. Rossetti decided not to include the poem after all because of its erotic nature and reference to prostitution. Thus the poem was written in 1859 but not published until 1904, many years after Rossetti's death. William Michael Rossetti, in his Bibliography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1904) considers this as a separate item of importance. There are only four copies in Worldcat (Lilly, Princeton, Texas, and Huntington). Two tiny chips on right side of page else in very good condition. Although there is no evidence with this item of its provenance, it is supposedly from the collection of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite bibliographer and collector. PRERAPH/120114. Very Good.