With Two Designs by D.G. Rossetti. London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. Original green cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of Christina Rossetti's second book, published four years after GOBLIN MARKET. The title verse is a romantic allegory on the "Sleeping Beauty" theme, only in this case the Prince arrives too late.
Christina had these verses ready for publication in 1865, but her brother Dante Gabriel caused it to be postponed by not getting around to creating the two illustrations. She held up publication for the sake of the illustrations because, as she wrote to him, "Your protecting woodcuts help me to face my small public." (Actually he was to provide three woodcuts, but when Macmillan finally got two they could wait no longer, and went ahead and issued the book).
He tried to squeeze an advance out of Macmillan, pleading "Now couldn't you be a good fairy & give her something down for this edition, -- say 100 pounds? You know she is a good poet, & some day people will know it. That's so true it comes in rhyme of itself!" (When Christina discovered that her brother was so negotiating for her, she rebuked him for his "brotherliness in helping me as to business matters," and told Macmillan that she would not accept unearned money.)
Dante Gabriel also provided the binding design -- an artistic presentation of wrought iron hinges on medieval doors, through which the Prince is entering in the frontispiece. This is a bright copy, fine except for very slight cracking of the original endpapers: uncommon in this condition. Colbeck p. 689; Hayward 268. Item #14346