The King's Tragedy (Huntington Library Manuscript)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: The King's Tragedy

James I of Scots.

{20 th February, 1437}
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1881
Type of Manuscript: fair copy with corrections
Collation: 51 notebook leaves
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Huntington Library
Catalog Number: HM6095

Physical Description

Paper: white lined notebook paper
Dimensions of Document: 18 x 11.2 cm

Scholarly Commentary


This is the printer's copy manuscript for the first publication of the poem in the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets volume. It is comprised of two distinct parts: a completed text of the unrevised version of the poem (45 leaves); and a transcript (6 leaves) of two parts of the poem that DGR altered and made additions to: lines 519-588 and 742-814. The manuscript concludes with a second copy of lines 568-572.

Textual History: Composition

The poem was composed between December 1880 and February 1881. This copy was made shortly afterwards and completed on 20 February 1881. The revised section (the 6 concluding leaves) would have been added shortly afterwards. The latter is a text that would itself be revised by DGR.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 5-1881.huntms.rad.xml
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