Huntington MS 106

Title Verses
Archive Huntington Library
Call Number Huntington MS 106
Complete Yes

Robert Beere, ca. 1740s.

Very good example to look at organizing systems because he uses thematic, length, alphabetical, etc. to varying degrees throughout the book.

 338 items.

Many items are short aphorisms or epigrams; much in nature of advice literature; various pieces on the nature of man (the human state).

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.7cm x 16.8cm
Filled Page Count 369 pages
Item Count 338
Poem Count
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres Prose - miscellaneous
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.


Huntington MS 106.” 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 11:27:16 AM
First Line Context
I took Pen, Ink, and Paper too

p. 369.

Local title: n/a

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: original to this manuscript. 


Feature Note
Author attributions




Decorations - hand-drawn

Sometimes whimsical artistic elements, see p. 9. 



Indications of use

Final little poem indicates that a reader is expected/ hoped for.

Item formatting

Separating lines between poems ruled in red ink.

Item titles are in large, decorative print with variable fonts, as though imitating a printed book.


Titling, where there are titles, takes a topical approach, like a commonplace book (eg. On Wine; On Poets; etc.) 

Organised thematically, alphabetically, and/or by length to varying degrees throughout the book.

Original poetry

Yes. Seller’s note suggests that most poetry is original, a few items are attributed to "R.B." or "Robert Beere," and the First Line Index doesn’t identify many of the other contents.

Ownership mark

Inside front cover says "Anne Beere/ Her Book."

"Robert Beere fecit" signed throughout the book, implying he was the copyist and perhaps the author of most of its contents.

Page layout


Left-hand margins in red ink.