Leeds Brotherton Lt 125

Title Untitled
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Lt 125
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1740s.

73 poems.

Seemingly a woman’s book with themes of nature, courtship, public affairs.

Format Quarto
Book Size 19.6 cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 242 pages
Item Count 74
Poem Count 73
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Almanack
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 125.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/312. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:34:32 AM
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Feature Note

Pre-bound paperbook. Tear-outs at the end of the manuscript.

Eighteenth-century worn vellum with “Poem’s”[sic] lettered on the front cover.




Single, except for pp. 95–105, and p. 242, which are in a second hand (possibly that of Eliza Lee, the later owner).

Indications of use

Annotations, eg. p. 53, sometimes numbered.

Item cross-outs.

p. 80 two single word cross-outs and corrections — either meant to correct messy handwriting or edits to an original item.

p. 196–197 spilled ink.

p. 80 pen trials.

“Eliza Lee” signature on p. 142 next to pen trials/ scribbles — the pen trials/ scribbles maybe added in by her, the later owner.

Tear-outs at the end of the manuscript.

Item formatting

Lines between items; sometimes single, sometimes up to four; often seemingly with a ruler or something else to keep them straight, eg. p. 41, 68.

“Finis” at the end of longer items, eg. p. 41.

New items often begun on new pages, even if half the previous page remains, eg. pp. 46–47.

Decorative flourishes after items/ in remaining spaces on pages, eg. p. 46, 56, 69, 104, 106 etc.

No lines under titles; the space between titles and first lines are the titles’ only distinction.

Original poetry

Very likely; many unattributed poems with no First Line Index hits. Especially intriguing/ suggestive of originality are pp. 51, 57–58, 128–129, 236–240, and 240–241.

Ownership mark

“Eliza Lee Totness March 2th 1787” written near pen trials/ scribbles on p. 142.

“early owner Eliza Lee of Totnes (Devon) 1787” written in pencil on front paste-down in modern hand.

Page layout

Paginated (in pages at the top-outside corner).

Table of Contents

Yes, at the end of the manuscript. Complete and accurate.