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DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI
(1828-1882, British artist & poet)



The following is a representative selection of items relating to D.G. Rossetti.



Beerbohm, Max, ROSSETTI AND HIS CIRCLE (London: William Heinemann, n.d. [1922]).  First edition, 25.5 x 18.5cm [4to], in publisher's cream linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s, 6 leaves of prelims, & frontis. leaf + 22 cardstock leaves w/colour illustrations by the author tipped to each leaf, all w/adjoining descriptive tissue-guards.  Printed by R. Clay & Sons Ltd., Bungay.  Stated Limited Edition (220/380) numbered & signed by Beerbohm.  Binding Near-Fine (ep.s sl. browned); contents Near-Fine (lt. toning to leaves).  Ashley IV 160, Fredeman 33.20 & 82.9, Ray 321, Fennell 227, Colbeck 23.  (Inv. #1057)  C$300

Beerbohm, Max, ROSSETTI AND HIS CIRCLE (London: William Heinemann, 1922).  First trade edition, 25.5 x 18.5cm [4to], in publisher's royal blue linen w/gilt title to fr. cover & spine, embossed border to fr. cover & embossed windmill colophon to rear cover, pale yellow ep.s, w/tipped-in colour frontis & 22 tipped-in colour plates, each w/explanatory title printed on facing leaves, +10pp. prelims, complete w/its original buff dust-jacket.  Printed by R. Clay & Sons Ltd., Bungay.  Dust-jacket Very Good (lt. soiling, & small patch at top of fr. panel); binding Near-Fine (minor marks to extremities, & ep.s moderately browned); contents Fine.  Fredeman 82.9, Fennell 227.  (Inv. #1033)  C$200

Bryson, John (ed. with an Introduction), in association with Janet Camp Troxell, DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI AND JANE MORRIS: THEIR CORRESPONDENCE (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976).  First edition, 22.5 x 14.5cm, rebound by Riley Dunn & Wilson (label to rear pastedown) in green faux pigskin, w/original pictorial dust-jacket, 219 (xx) pp. w/frontis & numerous b&w illus.  Printed by BAS Printers Ltd., Hampshire.  Ex-library (Bucks County Library) w/stamps to verso of titlepage.  Dust-jacket Good (lower corner of fr. flap clipped, & sl. edge wear); binding Very Good (library labels removed from ep.s); contents Near-Fine.  Fennell 144.  (Inv. #1221)  C$40

Exhibition Catalogue, DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI: PAINTER AND POET (London & Birmingham: Royal Academy & City Museum & Art Gallery, 1973).  25 x 18.5cm, in original pale green card wraps w/red DGR monogram to covers & red title to spine, 112 pp. listing 379 works, w/frontis portrait, several b&w illustrations & plates section to rear, +Errata slip loosely inserted.  Near-Fine.  Fennell 109.  (Inv. #201)  C$40

Fredeman, William E., ROSSETTI'S "IN MEMORIUM": AN ELEGIAC READING OF "THE HOUSE OF LIFE" (Manchester: John Rylands Library, 1965).  First edition thus, 24.5 x 15.5cm, in original pale olive wraps w/black text to covers, [45] pp.  Near-Fine.  (Inv. #396)  C$50





Gilchrist, Alexander (with editing by William Michael & Dante Gabriel Rossetti), LIFE OF WILLIAM BLAKE WITH SELECTIONS FROM HIS POEMS AND OTHER WRITINGS ... ILLUSTRATED FROM BLAKE'S OWN WORKS (London: Macmillan & Co., 1880).  Two volumes, "A New and Enlarged Edition," 23 x 15.5cm (tall 8vos), in publisher's navy linen w/elaborate gilt designs (adapted by D.G. Rossetti from a sketch by William or Robert Blake in the Blake notebook, & executed by F.J. Shields) to fr. covers & spines, deckle edges, cream ep.s, 431 [xxiv] & 383 [xiv] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis portraits & numerous full-page & in-text b&w & sepia illus. thru-out, some w/original tissue-guards.  Printed on handmade paper by R. Clay Sons & Taylor, London.  With the decorative bookplate of Margaret Robertson to each vol.'s fr. pastedown.  Much the superior & more attractive edition, w/additional text & illus. not incl. in the 1863 ed.  Bindings Very Good (spine tips sl. worn, rear covers sl. rubbed, & rear hinges mended); contents Very Good (deckle edges sl. dusty, & infrequent lt. browning)--a very nice set w/bright gilt designs to fr. covers.  Woodman pp.24-26 & II.11.  (Inv. #1376)  C$1,800

Hill, George Birkbeck (ed.), LETTERS OF DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI TO WILLIAM ALLINGHAM 1854-1870 (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1897).  First edition, 22 x 14cm (8vo), in publisher's dark aqua linen w/gilt decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 307 (xxviii) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 13 b&w plates.  Printed at the Gresham Press, Woking & London.  Binding Good (extremities sl. bumped & worn, lt. rubbing to covers w/sl. bubbling to upper fr. cover, & ep.s browned); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing, & a few marginal pencil notes).  Academy 18 Dec. 1897 p.543, Rossetti p.34, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 151, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 24.6, Fennell 121, Colbeck 36.  (Inv. #472)  C$60

Knight, Joseph, LIFE OF DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI (London: Walter Scott, 1887).  First edition, 17.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's navy linen w/gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 186 mostly unopened pp., +19pp. "Bibliography & Catalogue of Pictures" by John P. Anderson & 6pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed in Newcastle by the publisher.  Binding Very Good (minor stains to cloth, ep.s sl. browned, & prev. owners' initials to fr. pastedown); contents Very Good (lt. toning to margins).  Ehrsam & Deily 212, Fredeman 25.11, Fennell 157, Colbeck 55.  (Inv. #342)  C$50

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, Walter Howell Deverell, Frederic George Stephens, John Lucas Tupper, et. al. (contrib.s), and William Michael Rossetti (ed. & contrib.), ART AND POETRY: BEING THOUGHTS TOWARDS NATURE CONDUCTED PRINCIPALLY BY ARTISTS [THE GERM], NO. 4 (London: Dickinson & Co. and Aylott & Jones, May [30 April] 1850).  First edition, 22.5 x 14.5cm (large 8vo), in original beige paper wraps w/printed title to recto & Contents to verso of fr. wrap, & editorial statement to verso of rear wrap, 145-92 entirely unopened pp. +frontis etching (Viola and Olivia) by Deverell.  Printed by George F. Tupper, London.  Along with the Oxford & Cambridge Magazine & a few later publications, this is one of only a handful of primary documents of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.  Includes D.G. Rossetti's "Prefatory Note" to Orchard's "Dialogue on Art," "Sonnets for Pictures" & "Pax Vobis"--see the Rossetti Archive website ("apparently only 106 copies of number 4 were sold").  This copy has been compared, side by side, to one from the 1901 facsimile edition, & there is no doubt that it is the true 1850 1st printing.  Binding Good- (wraps darkened & split at spine, & edges chipped); contents Very Good (frontis & rear leaf darkened [offset from the wraps]).  Rossetti 3 No. 4, Ashley IV 163-65, Fredeman 72.1, Colbeck 1.  (Inv. #1268)  C$2,000

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882, British artist & poet), AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED.  ALS to Ellen Heaton written on black-bordered mourning stationery (for the death of his wife Lizzie in the previous year), dated merely Monday [7 February 1863].  Two sides w/blank integral leaf, approx. 65 words, signed "DG Rossetti."  Miss Heaton was one of Rossetti's early patrons, & this letter deals with his St. John Comforting the Virgin at the Foot of the Cross which she had commissioned in 1856.  Near-Fine (ink smudge made by Rossetti to obscure a textual error, & the usual folds).  Fredeman Correspondence 63.25.  (Inv. #1319)  C$1,200

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882, British artist & poet), AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED.  Unpublished ALS to Frederic James Shields written on black-bordered mourning stationery (likely for the death of his sister Maria in November of the previous year), dated merely Friday evening [ca. January 1877].  One side, approx. 55 words, signed "DG Rossetti."  Rossetti 1st met Shields in May 1864, & by the mid-1870s the latter was a frequent visitor to 16 Cheyne Walk, for joint painting sessions as well as for other social occasions.  In fact, by then FJS was one of DGR's few close friends at a time when the latter had become increasingly distant from most of his friends of the 1850s & 1860s.  Near-Fine (the usual folds).  Not in Fredeman Correspondence.  (Inv. #1207)  C$1,100

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, BALLADS AND SONNETS (London: Ellis & White, 1881).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark aqua linen with gilt floral & trellis design by the author to covers & spine, a.e. untrimmed, w/similar floral design (also by the author) to ep.s, 336 (xii) pp. (several unopened) +1p. publ. advert to rear.  Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Very Good (a few minor marks to cloth, & lt. toning to ep.s); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Slater 4, Rossetti 35, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 147-48, Ehrsam & Deily 217, Fredeman 23.12, Fennell 21, Ball 87 & 161, Colbeck 26.  (Inv. #1052)  C$100

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, BALLADS AND SONNETS (London: Ellis & White, 1881).  First edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen with gilt floral & trellis design by the author to covers & spine, a.e. untrimmed, w/similar floral design (also by the author) in dark blue on pale blue ep.s, 336 (xii) pp. +1p. publ. advert to rear.  Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  With the sig.s & date (Nov. 1881) of Lady Hermione Duncombe (Duchess of Leinster, eldest daughter of the Earl of Faversham) to half-title, & bookseller's ticket of Hatchards, Piccadilly to fr. pastedown.  Binding Fair (lower fr. corner munched, cloth sl. bubbled at edges, & rear hinge cracked); contents Good (ffep lacking).  Slater 4, Rossetti 35, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 147-48, Ehrsam & Deily 217, Fredeman 23.12, Fennell 21, Ball 87 & 161, Colbeck 26.  (Inv. #976)  C$100

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, BALLADS AND SONNETS (London: Ellis & White, 1882).  Stated fourth edition, 19 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen with gilt floral & trellis design (by the author) to covers & spine, a.e. untrimmed, w/floral design (also by the author) in dark blue on pale blue ep.s, 337 (xii) pp. +tipped-in frontis portrait of Lizzie Siddal (from a Hollyer photograph), & 2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at the Chiswick Press, London.  Signed by Gertrude Thompson to half-title.  Binding Very Good (fore-edges of cloth sl. stained, & hinges mended); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #814)  C$50

Two Presentation Copies
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, THE EARLY ITALIAN POETS (London: Smith Elder, 1861)  Click Here For More Info

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, HAND AND SOUL ([London: Privately printed, 1869])  Click Here For More Info

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, POEMS (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870).  First edition, 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/gilt floral & trellis design by the author to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, variation of the cover design printed in dark blue on pale blue ep.s w/fragment of binder's ticket (Burn) to recto of rear ep., 282 [xii] pp. +printer's colophon leaf & 8 blank leaves to rear.  Printed by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Curiously, this copy was bound up without Ellis's adverts.  Binding Good (cloth moderately discoloured, extremities sl. bumped, & hinges starting); contents Near-Fine (minor creases to final blank leaves).  Slater 3, Rossetti 17, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 132-33 (dark blue cloth), Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 23.8, Fennell 20, Ball 161, Colbeck 10 (his in dark blue cloth), Woodman D.6 & E.1.2.  (Inv. #1021)  C$450

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, POEMS (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), bound by Mudie's (stamped to verso of fr. ep.) in ½ red morocco over marbled boards w/gilt ruling to covers & spine, gilt title to spine w/5 raised bands, a.e. & ep.s marbled, 282 [xii] pp.  Signed "Fuchs Richardson," "Mary Miller Richardson" & "Dorothy Miller Richardson," all to recto of fr. ep.  Binding Good (extremities rubbed & sl. worn, & spine darkened); contents Near-Fine (a couple of lt. stains).  Slater 3, Rossetti 17, Vaughan 11, Ashley IV 132-33, Ehrsam & Deily 218, Fredeman 23.8, Fennell 20, Colbeck 10.  (Inv. #1330)  C$300

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, POEMS (London: F.S. Ellis, 1871).  Stated fifth edition, 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/gilt floral & trellis design by the author to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, variation of the cover design printed in dark blue on pale blue ep.s w/binder's ticket (Burn) to recto of final ep., 282 [xii] pp. +printer's colophon leaf & 8pp. publ. cat to rear.  Printed by Strangeways & Walden, London.  Inscribed to half-title: "To Fred: C. Shaw, in remembrance of many happy hours in the past and in the hope of many more to come, Willis Challice, London 20 October 1873."  Binding Good (some stains & rubbing to cloth, extremities a bit bumped & worn, top ¼" trimmed from fr. ep., & hinges starting); contents Near-Fine (lt. thumbing to titlepage).  Colbeck 19.  (Inv. #978)  C$50

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, STUDY FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THE SANC GRAEL, [London: W.A. Mansell & Co., ca.1882].  Photograph of Rossetti's study for his Oxford Union Mural, 8 x 11cm mounted on 20 x 23cm card w/pencilled border, in its original glazed wooden frame, w/stencil (CUS79) & label of the Ruskin Galleries (Birmingham), both to the frame's backboard.  W.A. Mansell & Co. photographed a number of Rossetti's extant works--this one was repr. in H.C. Marillier's DGR: An Illus. Memorial (1899).  Also, a larger sepia print from the negative is in the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.  Frame Good (mount stained, & some marks to the wooden surround); photograph Near-Fine.  (Inv. #986)  C$1,000

Wise/Forman Piracy
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, VERSES (London: Privately Printed, 1881 [but in fact ca.1887]).  Pirated edition, 20 x 12.5cm [8vo], in original beige stiff paper wraps w/printed title to fr. cover, a.e. untrimmed, [1-7] 8-12 [13-14] pp. +2 blank leaves to fr. & 1 to rear.  Printed, likely by Henry Clay & Sons, on watermarked "Van Gelder" handmade paper.  As W.E. Fredeman has indicated (see his "Story of a Lie" below), this is the 1st of many piratical collaborations by Thomas James Wise & Harry Buxton Forman.  While Carter & Pollard suspected it was a forgery (see their Dossier 218), Barker & Collins proved its "higher degree of culpability" by identifying the typeface as "not manufactured until 1883."  Quoting one of literature's most duplicitous statements, Forman wrote in Nov. 1887: "Some friends of Rossetti's have printed ... a very pretty pamphlet with the title 'Verses ...'; but the whole issue must have been extremely small" (see Fredeman's "Story of a Lie" below, pp.276-77).  Binding Very Good (upper & lower spine starting); contents Near-Fine.  Rossetti 1905 pp.17 & 28 (WMR was duped into including this item by Wise & W.F. Prideaux), Ashley IV 144 (1 of 3 copies on vellum), Fredeman 23.10, W.E. Fredeman "The Story of a Lie" (Review Vol. 7 1985) passim, W.E. Fredeman "WMR & the Wise-Forman Conspiracy" (Book Collector Spring 1987) passim, Colbeck under 6 (p.693).  (Inv. #1167)  C$800

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI: HIS FAMILY LETTERS WITH A MEMOIR (London: Ellis & Elvey, 1895).  Two volumes, first editions, 25.5 x 17cm (large 8vo), in publisher's vellum spine over gilt-trimmed dark slate blue fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt DGR monograms to fr. covers & gilt titles to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 440 [xxxiv] + 436 [x] pp. (several unopened) +tissue-guarded frontis portraits, Errata leaf following Vol I's p.[xxxii], & 2pp. + 1p. publ. adverts to rears.  Stated Limited Edition Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked handmade paper by Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd., London & Aylesbury.  The limitation statement "Fifty copies printed on Large Paper, of which this is No. ___" appearing only in Vol II has not been filled in.  Bindings Very Good (3" split to Vol I's lower spine, extremities sl. bumped & worn w/Vol II's lower corners moderately bumped, & ep.s considerably browned); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing, & deckle edges a bit browned).  Rossetti p.32, Ashley IV 151.  (Inv. #1130)  C$300

Rossetti, W[illia]m. Michael (Part I) and Algernon C[harles]. Swinburne (Part II), NOTES ON THE ROYAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION, 1868. (London: John Camden Hotten, [1868]).  First edition, 20.5 x 13cm (8vo), bound w/o wraps in (publisher's?) brown sand-grain cloth w/gilt title to spine, cream eps, 51 (iv) pp.  Printed by Savill Edwards & Co., London.  Includes the 1st printings of D.G. Rossetti's sonnets "Lady Lilith," "Sibylla Palmifera" & "Venus Verticordia."  With the armorial bookplate of Wilkinson (possibly Dr. James John Garth Wilkinson [1812-1899], the homœopathic physician who treated Elizabeth Siddal for back problems in March 1854) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately rubbed, & a few spots to cloth); contents Near-Fine (1st few leaves sl. creased).  Rossetti pp.14-15, Ashley VI 80, Ehrsam & Deily 222, Fredeman 38.3 & 62.5, Colbeck 4.  (Inv. #1155)  C$300

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), ROSSETTI PAPERS 1862 TO 1870 (London: Sands & Co., 1903).  First edition, 22 x 14.5cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's navy fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt title to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 559 (xxiii) pp.  Printed on laid paper by Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh.  Signed by C.E. Wood to recto of fr. ep.; also from The Forbes Magazine Collection w/their embossed stamp to foot of titlepage.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped, & ep.s sl. browned); contents Near-Fine (infrequent lt. foxing).  Rossetti p.40, Ashley IV 170-71, Ehrsam & Deily 219, Fredeman 24.9 & 38.7, Fennell 124, Colbeck 29.  (Inv. #1122)  C$150

Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), RUSKIN: ROSSETTI: PRERAPHAELITISM: PAPERS 1854 TO 1862 (London: George Allen, 1899).  First edition, 26 x 19.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's cream buckram spine over olive linen boards w/gilt & black title & design to fr. cover & gilt title to spine (all designed by Frank W. Burgess), t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 328 [xxii] pp. w/titlepage printed in black & red, +frontis & 14 unpaginated photogravure plates, all w/the original tissue guards.  Limited Edition (226/250) Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked "Spalding" handmade paper by Ballantyne Hanson & Co., Edinburgh & London.  Binding Good (corner tips sl. worn, lt. bubbling & staining to covers, rear cover sl. bowed, & hinges cracked w/rear ep. browned & creased); contents Near-Fine (deckle edges browned).  Rossetti pp.39-40, Fredeman 24.7 & 72.6, Fennell 122, Colbeck 11; curiously not in Ashley.  (Inv. #755)  C$200

Surtees, Virginia, ROSSETTI'S PORTRAITS OF ELIZABETH SIDDAL (Aldershot Hants: Scolar Press, 1991).  First edition, 24.5 x 18cm, in publisher's pictorial laminated boards w/printed title to covers & spine, [64] pp. listing 63 portraits, all repr. in b&w.  Printed by BAS Printers Ltd., Hampshire.  Binding Fine; contents Fine.  (Inv. #867)  C$75


Wood, Esther, DANTE ROSSETTI AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITE MOVEMENT (London: Sampson Low, 1894).  First edition, 20 x 14.5cm (8vo), in publisher's vellum-backed blue cloth w/gilt decoration to fr. cover & title to spine, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), 323 (xii) mostly unopened pp. w/8 tissue-guarded plates.  Printed at the Chiswick Press, London.  Binding Very Good (spine mottled as usual, & ep.s somewhat browned); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. spotting).  Ashley IV 158, Ehrsam & Deily 199 & 225, Fredeman 77.21, Fennell 994, Colbeck 79.  (Inv. #27)  C$30




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