Leeds Brotherton Lt 110

Title Poems, & Verses on Several Occasions. 1726.
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Lt 110
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1726.

Two separate thematic clusters on recto and verso sides.

47 items.

Lots of poems "To a Lady," "about a Lady," etc. about courtship, marriage, women, and beauty on the verso pages.

Format [octavo]
Book Size
Filled Page Count 148 pages
Item Count 47
Poem Count 47
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
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.


Leeds Brotherton Lt 110.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/309. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:32:35 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional, and sometimes incorrect.


Pre-bound paperbook. Ff. 74-88 are blank; writing never swallowed by the spine and verso sides of first leaves likely filled in later.

Green morocco with some gilt tooling on the covers and spine, which is damaged.



Indications of use

Verso entries were seemingly done after the recto ones.

Annotations providing context to place and people names on ff. [70–73].

Item formatting

Lines between items.

Occasional border around the item titles, eg. f. 10, which mostly stop after f. 16. After that, occasional lines under item titles, but not always.


Sequencing of poems in thematic clusters. 

Recto and verso pages proceed independently from one another from ff. 1–38. This is to say that items are copied either onto recto or verso pages. The items on the verso pages of this section are written vertically/ sideways.

ff. 39–43v (when the recto and verso pages come together for "Of Pleasing," and the rest of the manuscript) are also written vertically/ sideways.

ff. 44–69 versos are blank, except for the last line of the poem on f. 69r, which falls at the top of f. 69v.

Original poetry

Maybe; hard to say given the occasional use of attributions, but most items can be found in the First Line Index. If any item appears to be original, it’s "To a Lady on Her Birth day" (ff. 61–62), which is dated (unlike other items). 

Ownership mark

“Anna Rogers. Junr: 1768” on title page in another hand; presumably a later owner. 

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler, in folios, beginning after the title page. 69 paginated folios, followed by 4 unpaginated folios. The versos of ff. 1–31 are paginated incorrectly, to create a sequential pagination that matches the opposite page in the same opening; for example, 1v is paginated 2, 2v paginated 3, and so on. The other versos, ff. 32–69, are unpaginated).

Title page

Yes: "Poems, & Verses on Several Occasions. 1726."