Beinecke Osborn c90

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c90
Complete Yes

Anonymous, maybe Diana Burroughs, ca. 1774–1787.

85 poems.

A mix of original and well-known poetry with a high proportion of original occasional verse.

Norfolk circle of EM and Diana Burroughs.

Format Quarto
Book Size 21cm x 17cm
Filled Page Count 180 pages
Item Count 88
Poem Count 85
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose
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 c90.” 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 1:33:33 PM
First Line Context
Immortal Newton never spoke

p. 138.

Local title: On Mr. Nash's present.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

In earliest times, ere man had learn'd

Page: n/a

Local title: `Stanzas in the manner of Waller: occasioned by a receipt to make ink, given to the author by a lady' 

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

The poplars are fell'd, and adieu to the shade

Page: n/a

Local title: The poplar field.

Attributed author: Author unknown/ W.C. 

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line "The poplars are fell'd and adieu to the shade."

Other: n/a

The rose had been wash'd, just wash'd in a shower

Page: n/a

Local title: Sonnet.

Attributed author: "Author unknown."

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Where the loveliest expression to features is join'd

pp. 114–115.

Local title: To Mrs. Crewe.

Attributed author: Mr. Fox.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent, often as part of the header. Some print sources also attributed.


Pre-bound paperbook. Some trimming is quite close to the ends of lines, but writing on verso pages seems to respect a gutter already there. Recto pages leave quite a wide margin on the left. Possibly later trimmed at the top for binding, but not all around. Recto pages sometimes finished above/below the line, showing awareness of the edge.

Contemporary sheep, rebacked with title: "Poems MS 1779."



Indications of use

Waterstains across the bottom of the pages in the first half of the book.

Insect holes chewed through many of pages in first half of book.

Item formatting

Standard flourish after many entries, though not all.

Original poetry

Yes, high proportion.

Poems related to/by Diana Burroughs, EMB, Mr. and Miss Crowfoot.

Ownership mark

Sinature of Reginald L. Hine on the flyleaf.

Page layout

In general, quite a lot of white space on pages.

Poems often continue onto the next page.