Notebook Pages (Duke Library Note Book II)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1847-1848, 1878-1880
Collation: [i-iii], [1]-[36]
Note: Except for the two covering pages, the leaves are individually numbered in square brackets by WMR.
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Duke University Library
Catalog Number: XXVI. Notebook II

Physical Description

Cover: Dark green morocco (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in)
Other Physical Features: The pages are in various sizes and carry different watermarks, or sometimes none.


  • Baum, ed., Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 26-37.

Scholarly Commentary


This collection of material has no original integrity, despite the fact that (a) it is headed “Note Book II” in the Duke Library archives; and (b) WMR numbers the pages as an integral sequence. The leaves were gathered together after DGR's death, probably around 1903. The Duke University Library (or more strictly, Paull Baum) subsequently labelled them as “Note Book II”, although the documents, as Baum well knew, do not come from a single notebook.

The first 26 pages date from an early notebook dating ca. 1847-1848. Pages 27, 28, 31-33 are not from a notebook at all. The remaining leaves are all from a late notebook dating no earlier than 1878. Some (and perhaps all) of these pages clearly date from the spring of 1880.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: nb0004.duke.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images used with permission of the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.