ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. Hand and Soul. London: [privately printed] by Strangeways and Walden, .
12° (181 x 121mm.). 24pp.: title (manuscript coat-of-arms on verso); text (pp.-22; imprint at foot of p.22); final blank leaf. Original drab wrappers, letterpress title on upper cover within a single-line manuscript border (slightly soiled, backstrip slightly split). Provenance: C.A.H.[owell]? & T.H.T.B.? (monograms and date: July 23 1872, on upper cover); Sotherans (note: 'Bought of Sotheran 10 Dec 1886 price (1:1:0').
PRIVATELY PRINTED FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Very rare on the market. Rossetti's intention was that the sheets be included in the privately printed edition of the Poems (eventually published in 1870), on reflection, as they are prose, it was decided to exclude them, and instead he 'caused various copies of Hand and Soul to be done up in a drab wrapper; and he gave some of them away, but never sold them.': W.M.Rossetti Bibliography of the Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. p.17; Ashley IV, p.122.