Notes: There is no half-title
in any copy examined, and none to be inferred from prelims make-up.
The book investigates how William Wordsworth used various forms of supplementary writings from the 1798 Lyrical Ballads through the 1820 River Duddon volume, including "prefaces, footnotes, endnotes, headnotes, half-title
pages, epigraphs, advertisements and other paratexts" (1), to shape his poetic oeuvre, his literary identity, and his relationship with readers.
page has no type, but its small, softly edged picture of a few trees in a wintry landscape, their shadows stretching to the right lower edge, draws us deeper into the cover's snowy woods.
The signature is on the blank half-title
page, rather than the title page or frontispiece, which is where valuers would expect to see an autograph.
On the verso of the half-title
page is a photographic reproduction of Thompson's "Map of the North West Territory of the Province of Canada" from Archives of Ontario, and, following the index, there are photographic reproductions of five sections of the National Archives of London copy of the same map; the sections are keyed to a map showing from which part of the whole they are taken--although Moreau does not explain why he chose these sections.
There are a few anomalies: because the half-title
shows a Futurist broadside, we expect there is going to be some insightful discussion of this important movement, but it's just window dressing and stands in marked contrast to the Swiss formalism of the book design.
In the commentary he has added on the page opposite the half-title
, he defends more orthodox beliefs.
The expression 'broken heart' in the half-title
is a nod to Joseph Conrad, who set his vastly important Heart of Darkness in the Congo.
The text itself is preceded by a title page and, occasionally, by a half-title
page, which has a title in smaller print and/or a small illustration.
The book is inscribed, 'Isabel Swinburne from her affectionate brother Algernon Charles Swinburne' and Swinburne has written 'The poem of poems, which is' over the half-title
The 1993 edition makes only one allusion to its predecessor (a terse statement at the foot of the half-title
page to the effect that it "supersedes the 1972 edition"), as though that former volume - which currently resides in virtually all reputable research libraries - barely existed.
Rousseau was highly specific about the layout of the title page,(4) as he was about the rather curious decision to separate these two titles and place Julie ou la nouvelle Heloise separately on the half-title
page (this was probably to avoid too cluttered a title page).(5) In fact, Julie dominates, appearing in significantly larger type than ou la nouvelle Heloise.