Beinecke Osborn fc185

Title Gleanings in prose and verse, selected by Joseph Taylor, 1799.
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn fc185
Complete Yes

Joseph Taylor, 1799.

About 360 pieces of verse and prose. 

Satirical as well as sentimental and elegiac perspectives on the subjects of love, women, religion, and death. Also contains numerous humorous epigrams and epitaphs.

* As of yet, this manuscript has not been examined due to 2021-2022 pandemic access restrictions. This description is a temporary placeholder based on catalogue entries and Union First Line Index records.

Format Folio
Book Size 33cm
Filled Page Count 360 pages
Item Count 390
Poem Count
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose - miscellaneous
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 fc185.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 1:55:49 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions

More than none, less than all (catalogue mentions some anonymous items but gives no indication how many are unattributed). 


Half calf over paper-covered board.

Back cover missing.

In gilt on spine: “Gleanings.”



Indications of use

Images on Mirador show what look like loose papers pasted into a larger book.

Laid in: newspaper clipping from the Daily Telegraph dated April 16, 1974.

Item formatting

Lines between items and after titles. 


On title page: "Vol 1" (implies there were more volumes, or more anticipated). 

Original poetry

Possibly. Some anonymous poems labeled “Forton Prison” and dated 1795.

Page layout


Table of Contents

Yes, sixteen page index at the beginning of the manuscript.

Title page

Yes—"Gleanings in prose and verse, selected by Joseph Taylor, 1799. Vol. 1."