Bodleian MS Harding b. 41

Title Untitled
Archive Bodleian Library
Call Number Bodleian MS Harding b. 41
Complete Yes

Mary Marshall, 1805.

75 items.

Mostly popular songs.

Note from Harriet Binny endorsing Polly's taste in compiling her book suggests the manuscript circulated among friends.

Format Folio
Book Size 24cm x 17cm
Filled Page Count 23 pages
Item Count 75
Poem Count 75
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres
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.


Bodleian MS Harding b. 41.” 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 2:17:10 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent; mostly Dibdin, with some printed songs which indicate who sang them rather than who wrote them.


Post-bound. Handstitched booklet of several gatherings.


Single decorative hand.

One item written in another hand, an endorsement of Polly's taste in creating her book.

Indications of use

Note from “Harriet Binny” (written backwards) indicates book circulated among friends.

Note to “Polly” highlights her taste in selection.

Ownership mark

"Mary Marshall Her Book Jan:y {5th} {1805}." 

Page layout

Pages quite crowded.

Printed items

Book is a mix of printed and handwritten material.

Pasting quite amateurish.

Title page

First printed item, “The Banks of the Dee,” arguably serves as title page.