Folger MS M.a.164

Title Miscellany of Henry Jodrell, ca. 1780.
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.164
Complete Yes

Henry Jodrell, ca. 1780.

Ambigraph book with Shakespeare plays at one end, poetry at the other. Given the limited number of entries, the poetry end was perhaps abandoned.

12 poems.

Format Quarto with wove paper
Book Size 24cm x 19cm
Filled Page Count 57 pp
Item Count 16
Poem Count 12
First Line Index No
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.


Folger MS M.a.164.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 10:59:33 AM
First Line Context
Virtue and Fame, the other day

Page: n/a

Local title: Virtue and Fame.

Author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: "Addition Extempore by Earl Hardwicke" also included ("Fame heard with pleasure, strait reply'd...")

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Many blank pages, seemingly an abandoned project. 

Original half sheep, marbled paper boards.




An ambigraph book – Shakespeare plays at one end, Chesterfield extracts and poetry at the other. 

Each section is preceded by a list of authors extracted. 

Original poetry

Yes; translation and imitation of Johnson epigram; possibly “On dancing,” since it follows these plus 2 enigmas, and is the only poem in the book not attributed.

Ownership mark

Label of the Bayfield Hall library (in Norfolkshire).

First list of authors subscribed (in the same hand as the extracts) "selected by Henry Jodrell." 

Page layout

Red-ruled vertical line marking the inside margin of each page at the Chesterfield/poetry end of the manuscript, and the outside margin for entries from the other end of the manuscript. This line is consistent throughout, even on blank pages, so the book must have been purchased with these margins. 

Table of Contents

No; but there is a list of Shakespeare plays in pencil in another hand at the end of the manuscript.