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"An Escape", undated
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists primarily of signed, autograph manuscripts--42 letters and 19 poems--of Rossetti. Among the sonnets, lyrics, and spiritual verses are "Autumn," "A Discovery," "A Hopeless Case (Nydia)," "My Old Friends," "Ruin," "River Thames," and "Winter, A Christmas Carol." Addressees of the letters include William Bryant, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and her brother Dante Gabriel. All of the poems and most of the letters are undated. Other Rossetti material are a receipt (signed, autograph document, 1871) given to Roberts Brothers on the sale of Poems and a memo (1860) addressed to the editor of The Cornhill Magazine. There are four letters from her sister, Maria Francesca, addressed to Edith Bevir, and one letter to Christina from Jean Ingelow. In addition, there is an essay by MacKenzie Bell entitled "Christina Rossetti: A Criticism," with letters to Bell.
A significant addition is a manuscript copy (56 pp., circa 1850), in Christina"s hand, of "The Life of Giovanni Boccaccio by Gaetano Polidori," an unpublished biography written by her grandfather, Gaetano Polidori. The cover bears a signed inscription by Polidori, dated 7 December 1852, presenting the manuscript to Francesca Rossetti, his daughter and mother of Christina. Included is a note (1898) by William Michael Rossetti explaining the family history behind the manuscript.
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No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
"An Escape"; Princeton University Library Collection of Christina Georgina Rossetti Materials, C0222, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1