Clark MS 1956.002

Title A Poetical Miscellany. In two parts. /by S. Greatheed.
Archive Clark Library
Call Number Clark MS 1956.002
Complete Yes

Samuel Greatheed, 1772–1773.

24 poems.

A good example of a miscellany by one author/compiler; includes some imitations and translations.

Format Octavo
Book Size 17.9 cm x 11.9 cm
Filled Page Count 174 pages
Item Count 24
Poem Count 24
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
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.


Clark MS 1956.002.” 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 3:49:42 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Rare, except when translating a French work (gives title and author of source).


Pre-bound paperbook. S[maltese cross]G pages written right to the outer edges, but line breaks before the ends of lines.

Vellum, wallet style (with front flap tucking into back slot).

Marbled endpapers.



Decorations - hand-drawn

Illustrations in pencil and in ink on several pages throughout volume, especially following longer poems.

Calligraphic embellishments of titles and capitals.


Single; elaborate and neat.

Item formatting

Numbered lines. 

Fairly decorative titles for many items, though others just have *** and a headnote. 


Volume divided into sections by genre.

Original poetry

Yes, all by or translated by Samuel Greatheed. 

Ownership mark

"S.G." inscribed upside down on front cover.

Bookplate of Samuel Greatheed on front paste-down endpaper.

"R. Dec. 10. 1774" on front free endpaper.

Page layout


Table of Contents

Yes; on p. 41 for first part; on p. 174 for second part.

Title page

Three title pages — first for the book, "A Poetical Miscellany. In two Parts.[with motto from Virgil;] By S. Greatheed." Then, for the first part, "A Poetical Miscellany Part the First. Containing Poems on several Occasions. Mostly Written In the Year MDCCLXXII." Then on p. 43, for the second part: "A Poetical Miscellany. Part the Second. Containing Novels & Tales in Verse. With the Advantages of Adversity. A Poem Translated from the French. Written A.D.1773."