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THE GERM. Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry - Dante Gabriel Rossetti et al - 1850. 
First Edition. 8vo. pp. [iv], [iv], [ii], [ii], 192, [ii]. Four etchings, one folding. The date on the title-page of No.4 has been altered, a label with April has been stuck down over the original for May. Contemporary quarter burgundy crushed morocco, crimson and white boards, spine lettered in gilt. No. 1. January, 1850 (with an etching by Holman Hunt). No. 2. February, 1850 (with an etching by James Collinson). No. 3. March, 1850 (with an etching by F. Madox Brown). No. 4. May, 1850 (with an etching by W.H. Deverell). Holman Hunt, James Collinson, F. Madox Brown, W.H. Deverell Only four numbers of The Germ were published (January, February, March and May 1850). It was critically noticed, but was discontinued when it proved a financial failure. A sympathetic review in the The Critic stated that The truth is that it is too good for the time. The Germ can be seen as the first British periodical dedicated to promoting specific ideas on art and literature. It therefore influenced many other journals and periodicals such as The Savoy and BLAST, that would come to define aesthetic movements of later periods. In its pages, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood expressed their views, the most notable contributions including Dante Gabriel Rossettis Blessed Damozel and Hand and Soul, the latter being the only imaginative prose work he completed. Both works were published here for the first time. Among other contributors were Thomas Woolner, F. Madox Brown, Coventry Patmore, J.L. Tupper, Christina Rossetti, William M. Rossetti, Bell Scott, F.G.Stephens and Walter H. Deverell. Nos 3 and 4 had the title Art and Poetry: Being Thoughts towards Nature. Conducted principally by Artists. They also included an additional publisher: Dickinson and Co., London.
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