Folger MS M.a.162

Title Untitled
Archive Folger Shakespeare Library
Call Number Folger MS M.a.162
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1799-1803.

Ambigraph volume with poetry beginning at one end and prose anecdotes, mainly biographical, at the other. This listing pertains only to the poetry end of the manuscript. 

288 poems.

Miscellaneous and short poems, mostly extracts, epitaphs, and epigrams.

Format Octavo
Book Size 17cm x 11 cm
Filled Page Count 230 pgs.
Item Count 288
Poem Count 288
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 M.a.162.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-08-22 8:58:09 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 10:58:26 AM
First Line Context
The Curfew tolls the Knell of parting Day

Page: n/a

Local title: "Mr. Gay's Stanza."

Attributed author: Mr. Gay.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Just one quatrain ("Full many a gem...").

Other: Perhaps written from memory. 

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional or rare. 


Multiple pages cut out (after binding) between pp. 4 and 5.

Contemporary full red morocco, gilt. 

Very decorative gold tooling on the spine and along the inside cover's edges. 

Decorations - printed

On various pages, glued-in line of printer’s ornaments as divider between items.



Indications of use

Some pages trimmed along margins, seemingly to remove material.

Item formatting

Some entries are dated. 


Book is an ambigraph – prose at one end; poetry from the other, reversed from top to bottom also.

Poetry written in vertically rather than horizontally.

Original poetry

Maybe early "Nancy" poems with the special borders. 

Ownership mark

Armorial bookplate of William Horace Wright.

Printed items

Pasted-in materials on each end that provide ironic commentary on the contents as a hodge-podge of stolen materials.