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The Black Riders: Additional Textual Materials

Module by: Jerome McGann. E-mail the authorEdited By: Jerome McGann, Frederick Moody, Ben Allen

Summary: Miscellaneous scans of original printings of Black Riders

The Black Riders and other lines -- buy from Rice University Press.

The Black Riders: Additional Textual Materials

Note: All of these materials are housed in the Walter Barrett Collection, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. The Barrett collection has as well multiple copies of the prospectus as well as multiple copies of the first edition. Fredson Bowers discusses what he calls the “three stages of proof” of these materials in his essay on the “History and Analysis” of the book in his 1975 edition (see especially pages 199-207, 242-243).

Cover design (rejected), perhaps by Frederick Gordon: ink on tracing paper, 203 x 120 mm.
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Frederick Gordon’s rejected design for cover and spine: India ink on heavy paper, 276 x 203mm.
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Design for back cover, perhaps by Frederick Gordon (rejected): ink on heavy cardboard, 196.5 133 mm.
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Cover design adapted from the rejected design by Frederick Gordon (India ink on cardboard with frame in pencil, 131 x 95 mm); executed by Copeland and Day in house artist with handwritten instructions: “Same size—two plants one like this reversed”, and with a note to the left “use a graver on plate/to open white line/where ink filled up”.
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Front Cover, Gold Stamped design on Vellum binding.
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Back Cover, Gold Stamped design on Vellum binding.
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Front Cover, Gold Stamped lettering on Black binding with embossed decorative flower.
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Back Cover, Black binding with embossed decorative flower.
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Title page of one of the 50 copies printed on Japanese paper in green ink (214 x 136 mm).
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Trial proof for unused dust jacket, with spine and back left blank (162 x 252 mm).
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Trial proof for unused dust jacket, with spine and back left blank (162 x 252 mm).
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Trial proof for unused dust jacket, with spine and back left blank (162 x 252 mm).
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Trial proof for unused dust jacket, with spine and back left blank (162 x 252 mm).
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Title page, first proof (214 x 136 mm).
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Title Page, second (and final) proof (214 x 136 mm).
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Prospectus, first proof (214 x 136 mm).
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Prospectus, final proof (214 x 136 mm).
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Title page for Prospectus, final proof with hand notes: “ordered 500/50 12 Mar[ch] 95”. The order was for 500 regular copies and 50 copies printed on Japanese paper in green ink (214 x 136 mm).
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Proof copy of Melanie Elisabeth Norton’s illustrations of poems IX and X, published in the Bookman III (May 1896).
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