Folger MS W.a.86

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS W.a.86
Complete Yes

Anne Milles, ca. 1715.

21 poems.

Opens with a drinking song; not too serious a book in general. 

Format Octavo
Book Size 17cm x 11cm
Filled Page Count 65 leaves
Item Count 21
Poem Count 21
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.


Folger MS W.a.86.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:12:22 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; at the end of items.


Pre-bound paperbook, possibly. About 60% of the book unused, eighty-two leaves, and writing crowds letters close to the outside margins, suggesting the compiler is working to the given page size.

Stitching visible at inside back cover.

Seemingly original calf.

Decorations - hand-drawn

Fairly frequent decorative touches with pen, including some bird drawings.


Varying hands, though seems to have one primary. The primary hand copied the beginning section and perhaps the final item; same hand as that of the "Anne Milles" signature.

Hands at end variable, shift orientation to writing across page lengthwise.

Item formatting

No uniform devices to mark ends of entries. 

Original poetry

Perhaps opening imitation of Tunbridge poem, f. 60.

Ownership mark

Inside cover reads "Anne Milles her Book."