Beinecke Osborn c187

Title Ancient Manuscript
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c187
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. early eighteenth-century.

31 items.

A series of poetic religious reflections, likely all original.

Format Octavo
Book Size 14cm x 9cm
Filled Page Count 58 pages
Item Count 31
Poem Count 31
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 c187.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-11-19 7:52:15 AM
Updated 2023-07-19 4:34:21 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Post-bound. Writing is very tight into the gutters. Poems continue from one page to next throughout, though the quire of paper was likely together from the beginning of compilation.

Pages sewn together from the top to the bottom on the page, rather than in fold (can’t tell if it's also one gathering); separate vellum covers sewn on front and back; no spine.

Morocco case and vellum cover page.

"Ancient Manuscript" on spine of morocco case and vellum cover page.


Yes, throughout.



Indications of use

Dog-eared pages.

Right-hand margin gives relevant scripture references.

Address to reader, so meant to speak to an audience.

Item formatting

Items separated by a heavy horizontal line.

Copying continuous.


Address to the reader on pp. 1–2 and "Finis" on p. 57.

From p. 3 (item #2), all items written sideways across the page.

Original poetry

Yes — no authors assigned in the First Line Index, voice is very personal, so all poems seem to be the work of the compiler.

Ownership mark

Inside of front cover has names: "Chas. Ogle/ Coll" and "Geo. Currie/ Comp" with spaces marked “seal” for seals to be placed.

Page layout

Pages filled completely, even when only the title can fit at the bottom of the page.