Rossetti Archive Books

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DGR published only five books in his lifetime. One of these, Dante and His Circle (1874), is a second edition—revised and reorganized—of his first book, The Early Italian Poets (1861). The other three books are similarly related and conceived. His first volume of original verse was to be published soon after the 1861 volume and titled Dante at Verona and Other Poems. Upon the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal, he abandoned this plan, but later incorporated this material into Poems (1870), which would find its contents revised, augmented, and redistributed in his two last volumes, Poems. A New Edition (1881) and Ballads and Sonnets (1881). Given this relatively modest output, one is impressed by the stature and influence his work attained; both Ruskin and Pater regarded DGR as the most important cultural figure of late nineteenth-century England.

DGR's imposing presence owed much to his work in the other arts, of course, and particularly to his pictorial work. Besides, all his work issued from a driving set of coherent imaginative interests. The physique of his five books illustrate this coherence very clearly. He designed them himself as part of an effort to create the book as a kind of total aesthetic object or work. Indeed, one of DGR's most important fields of work was in book design, where his innovative ideas were quickly picked up and exploited. Once again, he executed only a small set of book designs—most of them for family and close friends—but these works were so brilliantly conceived that their influence went wide and deep.

Beginning with his two volume edition in 1886, William Michael Rossetti published a series of collected editions of his late brother's work. These editions were ultimately grouped together in a single volume, The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1911).

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1840s

Page Images Available for Sir Hugh the Heron



1840-1843

Sir Hugh the Heron

'Twas midnight; on the slumbering wave
Page Images Available for Hand and Soul



1849

Hand and Soul

1860s

Page Images Available for Dante at Verona and Other Poems



1860-1861

Dante at Verona and Other Poems
Page Images Available for The Early Italian Poets



1861

The Early Italian Poets
Page Images Available for Poets Chiefly Before Dante [Part I of The Early Italian 
Poets]



1861

Poets Chiefly Before Dante [Part I of The Early Italian Poets]
Page Images Available for Dante and His Circle [Part II of The Early Italian 
Poets]



1861

Dante and His Circle [Part II of The Early Italian Poets]
Page Images Available for Life of William Blake, ‘Pictor Ignotus’



1863

Life of William Blake, ‘Pictor Ignotus’
Page Images Available for Poems. (Privately Printed.), Penkill Proofs



1869 July - 1869 August

Poems. (Privately Printed.), Penkill Proofs

Page Images Available for Poems. (Privately Printed.), First Trial Book



1869 October 3 (circa)

Poems. (Privately Printed.), First Trial Book

Page Images Available for Poems (1869-70), The Exhumation Proofs



1869 October 30

Poems (1869-70), The Exhumation Proofs

Our Lombard country-girls along the coast
Page Images Available for Poems. (Privately Printed.), Second Trial Book



1869 October 30 - 1869 November 25

Poems. (Privately Printed.), Second Trial Book

Page Images Available for Poems. (Privately Printed.), A Proofs



1869 September 13 (circa)

Poems. (Privately Printed.), A Proofs

Page Images Available for Poems. (Privately Printed.), A2 Proofs



1869 September 20 (circa)

Poems. (Privately Printed.), A2 Proofs

Page Images Available for Poems (1870): Proofs and Trial Books, 1869-1870



1869 Summer - 1870 April

Poems (1870): Proofs and Trial Books, 1869-1870

1870s

Page Images Available for Poems (1870)



1870

Poems (1870)

Page Images Available for Poems (1870), Proofs for the First Edition



1870 March

Poems (1870), Proofs for the First Edition

LONDON:
Page Images Available for Poems (1869-1870), Proof State 15



1870 March 22

Poems (1869-1870), Proof State 15

Helen knelt at Venus' shrine,
Page Images Available for Poems (1869-1870), Proof State 16



1870 March 26

Poems (1869-1870), Proof State 16

Sweet dimness of her loosened hair's downfall
Page Images Available for Poems. (Tauchnitz 1873 Edition)



1873 November

Poems. (Tauchnitz 1873 Edition)

Page Images Available for Dante and His Circle



1874

Dante and His Circle

1880s

Page Images Available for Poems. A New Edition



1881

Poems. A New Edition

Page Images Available for Ballads and Sonnets (1881), Proofs



1881

Ballads and Sonnets (1881), Proofs
Page Images Available for Ballads and Sonnets



1881

Ballads and Sonnets

Page Images Available for Love-Lily and Other Songs by D. G. Rossetti



1884

Love-Lily and Other Songs by D. G. Rossetti
Page Images Available for The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1886)



1886

The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1886)
Page Images Available for Verses



1887

Verses

1890s

Page Images Available for Poems by the late John Lucas Tupper



1897

Poems by the late John Lucas Tupper

1910s

Page Images Available for The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1911)



1911

The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1911)