LITERARY PERIODICAL. THE GERM. [Cover title:] Preface By W.M. Rossetti. The germ Thoughts toWards [sic] Nature in Poetry, Literature And Art. Being A facsimile reprint of the literary Organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, published In 1850. With an introduction By William Michael Rossetti. London, Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1901. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; 2 conjugate leaves of facsimiles at end (of the 1850 flyers for Nos.3 & 4); pp.[ii]+30 (excluding facsimiles); blue-grey thick paper wrappers, printed on front wrapper in dark reddish brown; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Bound up without the back wrapper and with the two leaves of facsimiles which should appear at the end tipped in after the front wrapper. BOUND WITH [On front wrapper:] No.1 . (Price One Shilling.) January [February], 1850. With an Etching by Holman Hunt [James Collinson]. The Germ: Thoughts towards Nature In Poetry, Literature, and Art. London: Aylott & Jones, 8, Paternoster Row. BOUND WITH: No.3 . (Price One Shilling.) March [May (i.e., April 30th)], 1850. With an Etching by F.Madox Brown [W.H. Deverell]. Art and Poetry: Being Thoughts towards Nature Conducted principally by Artists. London: Dickinson & Co., 114, New Bond Street, And Aylott & Jones, 8, Paternoster Row. 4 Nos., uniform, (complete); demy 8vo bound together with the Preface utilising the original paper wrappers of the Preface and the final number as the wrappers at the front and back, blue-grey linen spine; etched frontispiece and three plates after wood-engravings (one double-spread and folding; prelims. not called for; pp.192; wrappers of thin newsprint, printed in black, the back wrappers bearing an advertisement for the periodical, stating its (changing) aims, the inside front wrappers Contents and an editorial notice, the inside back wrapper of the first two numbers an advertisement for the Provident Life Office, that to number three ‘Contents of the Germ, No.1’ and a two line Errata to that issue, that to the fourth number blank; a.e. uncut. Wrappers very embrowned and fragile, some laid down on binders’ tissue, and with some chipping to edges; backs of plates variously embrowned by contact with the wrappers, but on the printed surfaces not badly so; one or two marginal tears to wrappers and plates; text nice. The set
The organ of the præraphaelite Brotherhood, complete, but in a facsimile edition dating from 1901. It is easily distinguished from the original edition by the wrappers being of poor quality wood-pulp paper rather than a thinner version of the text-paper as with the original, the presence of the advertisement for the Provident Life Office on the inside back wrappers in the second number (it should occur in numbers one and three), the ‘Contents of the Germ, No.1’ being on the inside back wrapper of number three instead of number two, the etchings being on a thin card with a slightly shiny surface rather on plate paper, the folding one being attached at the right hand edge rather than the central fold, and the machine-made text paper being very smooth and having a glossy feel rather than being slightly rough as in the original. Literary contributors include ‘Ellen Alleyn’ [i.e., Christina Rossetti], John Seward, Wm. B. Scott, Calder Campbell, F. Madox Brown, Thomas Woolner, Wm. M. Rossetti, Walter H. Deverell, Dante G. Rossetti, Coventry Patmore, John Orchard, etc. The Preface by W.M. Rossetti was issued both with the facsimiles and separately, and occurs in two variant states, with slightly different versions of the title-page, in one (presumably the first) the word ‘to- Wards’ is hyphenated with a line break; in the other it appears as one word, but with the Gothic ‘w’ erroneously still a capital. (One can only presume that the compositor was unfamiliar with the fount and when re-lineating failed to realise that the ‘W’ was upper case. The Preface is frequently found separately, and with the first state of text, and may have been issued thus as an advertisement, though it is also possible that a few copies may have been made available separately for the benefit of people possessing sets of the original. W.M. Rossetti, who edited the original numbers, here offers a good deal of information relating to the 1850 publication, including statements of print orders and sales, reproductions of contemporary reviews, identification of all the anonymous or pseudonymous contributions, and detailed commentaries on what the issues contained. In this copy p.17, l.26, does not have a raised ‘s’ at the end, which has been the case with copies of the separate issue we have seen.