Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rose Mary

Rose Mary (British Library fair copy holograph)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
fair copy manuscript

The poem is copied neatly into one of DGR's typical notebooks, of which only two other intact copies survive: the Jane Morris gift notebook in the Bodleian and a fair copy of “St. Agnes of Intercession” in the University of Virginia library. Like the Bodleian notebook, this notebook with “Rose Mary” was sent as a gift to Jane Morris in 1874. Both notebooks were given to recall the time they spent together in 1871 at Kelmscott, where DGR wrote the poems in the two manuscript volumes.

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