Notebook of Christina Rossetti (six of six), 3 September 1864-11 June 1866


This manuscript is one of Christina Rossetti’s poetry notebooks: small, bound and lined booklets used to transcribe, in neat and carefully pencilled or inked handwriting, fair copies of her poetry after initial drafting. This is the sixth notebook in the British Library's collections, containing poems dating from 3 September 1864 to 11 June 1866. These include 'A Dirge', an elegy exploring the complexities of mourning and grief, and 'Mother Country', a reflection on her Italian heritage written a year after visiting the country for the first and only time.

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Six Notebooks used by Christina Rossetti for the inscription of fair copies of her poems
3 September 1864-11 June 1866
Manuscript / Notebook / Fair copy
Christina Rossetti
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Ashley MS 1364 (6)

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