Beinecke Osborn c143

Title Poems. 1796.
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c143
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1796.

7 items, including "To the Reader" poem.

Mix of religious and moral themes, political satire.

Format Not an octavo, despite bookseller’s note; horizontal chainlines; watermark in bottom position towards outer margin
Book Size 16cm x 12cm
Filled Page Count 60 pages
Item Count 7
Poem Count 7
First Line Index Yes
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.


Beinecke Osborn c143.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-04 7:09:34 PM
Updated 2023-07-19 4:18:19 PM
Contributor Role
Mary Dodd
  • Owner

    On the back fly-leaf: "Mary Dodd at Joseph Dodds Sawyer Kelsall Cheshire."

Feature Note
Author attributions



Full calf; gilt decoration on spine.

In gilt on spine: "Poems" (despite relatively few poems and the book's other uses).

Spotted fore-edge.

Decorations - hand-drawn

Drawing of a man on the back fly-leaf.


Single with domestic accounts in a different hand.

Indications of use

Set up to be a manuscript miscellany (with an address to the reader, suggesting they were expecting/hoping for an audience) but intentions not fulfilled. The back of the book contains a memoranda of domestic account in another hand, dated 1837–1838, recording purchases from the baker, butcher, and ale merchant, and listing expenses related to "club nights."

Written on the flyleaf, in the same hand as the ownership mark: "Two shillings for the notice and certificate you must give notice to the superintendent Registrar the marriage may be solemnized by the production of the Registrar's ceritificate."

Item formatting

Large-script titles.

Heavy horizontal lines separating titles and poem texts of one poem from the next.


The collection is prefaced by a lighthearted poem addressed to the reader.

Six poems befitting title "Poems. 1796" (recto sides only), followed by numerous blank pages, then the ambigraph section, presumably by Mary Dodd, recording domestic memoranda.

Original poetry

Yes, seemingly all original.

Ownership mark

Back of the book signed "Mary Dodd at Joseph Dodds Sawyer Kelsall Cheshire"–apparently 1837f, but could be an indication of location.

Page layout

Unpaginated (pencilled-in folios likely by a cataloguer).

Title page

Yes, decorated.