Beinecke Osborn fc183

Title A Collection of Pieces &ca in Prose and Verse. Selected from the most approved Authors, P. Simpson 1792.
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn fc183
Complete Yes

P. Simpson, 1790–1793.

90 poems.

Mostly eighteenth-century poetry, namely conduct poems, pastoral poems, poems about the poor, epitaphs, and epigrams.

Format Folio
Book Size 33.2cm x 20.9cm
Filled Page Count 245 pages
Item Count 95
Poem Count 90
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose - narrative
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Beinecke Osborn fc183.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2024-01-13 3:00:23 PM
First Line Context
Father of All! in every Age

pp. 222–224

Local title: The Universal Prayer.

Attributed author: Pope.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The Curfew tolls the Knell of parting Day

pp. 225–230

Local title: An Elegy, written in a Country Church Yard.

Attributed author: Gray.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. No writing into the gutter; two paper additions inserted at the end.

Contemporary half calf over marbled paper boards.


Yes, occasional.

Decorations - hand-drawn

Interesting bird devices to mark the ends of items on pp. 164 and 176.

Manicule at the end of p. 153 next to an annotation.


Single, calligraphic.

Indications of use

Two small loose-leaf love poems inserted at the end of the book, one potentially pasted to what would be p. 245: “A Song” and “My Friend & Pitcher/ A Song in the Poor Soldier.”

Cross-outs are very rare—this is a fair copy book. One exception is the author attribution for “The Hermit” (p. 80), which was originally attributed to Beattie, then corrected to say Parnell.

Occasional contextual annotations.

Item formatting

Calligraphic titles.

Various swirls and devices between items.

Lines between sections of poems.


pp. 167–171 section of epigrams; pp. 177–8, 180–81 features three poems related to the Duchess of Devonshire.

Ownership mark

Name on the title page.

Page layout

Full but not crowded pages.

Paginated by the compiler—"Page —".

Table of Contents

Yes, three pages following the title page.

Title page

Yes. The title page features a red border (the only coloured ink in the manuscript). There is also a half-title page before the title page which reads, "Selected Pieces from Various Authors. November 25th, 1790.”