Leeds Brotherton Lt 20

Title The Six first Pastorals of Virgil, With Three of His Georgics; Together with some Miscellany Poems. Transcrib’d and Collected By E. Beardwell, 1724
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Lt 20
Complete Yes

E. Beardwell, 1724.

31 poems.

Pastorals, georgics. 

Book Size
Filled Page Count 192
Item Count 32
Poem Count 31
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose biography
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.


Leeds Brotherton Lt 20.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/294. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:35:37 AM
First Line Context
As some fond virgin, whom her mother's care

pp. 121–123.

Local title: To a Young Lady, under the Name of Zephalinda, on her leaving the Town after the Coronation.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Think not by rig'rous Judgment seiz'd

p. 127.

Local title: Epitaph made on Two Lovers, struck dead with one Flash of Lightning, as they were at Work in the Fields near Oxford.

Attributed author: Mr. Pope.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; though lots of the Pope items are unattributed for some reason.


Pre-bound paperbook. Writing is never swallowed by gutter. p. 62 and 97 blank, but seemingly a decorative choice to distinguish between poems/ sections.

PDF does not show the label MISCEL/POEMS that the catalogue mentions, but morocco spine and label appear to have been added to a pre-bound book that began as a collection of Dryden’s Virgilian poems, then with miscellany poems added to fill it up.

Contemporary calf with some blind tooling; rebacked with red morocco label lettered MISCEL/POEMS, and re-cornered.


Single, neat. 

Indications of use

Perfectly fair copy book. No scribbles or mistakes.

Compilation all in one period of time, judging from uniform hand and wording and date of title page.

p. 79 manicule marking passage re: “The Secret Joys of Sweet Coition” felt by all animals.

A second "with" is written underneath the "with" on the tile page, as though someone was practising imitating the letter forms. 

Item formatting

In the Virgil sections, decorative spiral flourishes separate items when there is space left on the page. The more space there is remaining on the page, the bigger the swirl. In the Miscellany section, lines separate items.


p. 99 underlined section title “Miscellaneous Poems.”

Ownership mark

Pencil signature of "William Rees-Mogg, October 1964" on front pastedown. 

Page layout

Paginated (pagination begun anew for each Virgil section of the manuscript: so five paginated pages after the title page, followed by the Explanation of Names [unpaginated], then Virgil’s pastorals are paginated 1–40, Virgil’s georgics and the miscellaneous section are paginated 1–140).

In the Virgirl sections, new items always begin on new pages. In the Miscellany section, new items continue on the same page when space allows.

Table of Contents

Not as such, but there is an “Explanation of the Names made Use of in the Pastorals,” which is in the format of a table of contents - (name of person, place, flower, river, etc. followed by page number, organised in order of appearance and subdivided by pastoral). So a reader can easily determine on what page each pastoral begins and ends from this table. This is after the title page, the account of Virgil’s life, and the Addison on Dryden poem at the front of the manuscript; it includes only the Pastorals.

Title page

Yes: "The Six first Pastorals of Virgil, With Three of His Georgics; Together with some Miscellany Poems. Transcrib’d and Collected By E. Beardwell, 1724."