British Library Add. MS 59656

Title Untitled
Archive British Library
Call Number British Library Add. MS 59656
Complete Yes

Tickell family, 1787–ca. 1828.

35 poems.

Poems about love, friendship, and artistic pursuits, as well as commemorative poems about deaths in the family.

Format Wove paper, quarto size
Book Size 22.7 cm x 18.1 cm
Filled Page Count 137 pages
Item Count 35
Poem Count 35
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.


British Library Add. MS 59656.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2020-02-13 1:56:53 PM
Updated 2023-07-20 3:42:36 PM
First Line Context
Sweet instrument of him for whom I mourn

ff. 16–17.

Local title: On a Violin.

Attributed author: E.A.S.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular, but all indicated by initials alone.


Seemingly green calf with gilt trim.



Possibly Mary Tickell, since final epitaph is signed M. T.

Indications of use

Poems used to commemorate deaths in family, love, friendship, and artistic pursuits. 

Item formatting

Same format for each poem, with initials at the end of each indicating author.


Entries only on recto sides until f. 60v, the compiler perhaps conscious of running out of space.

Original poetry

Yes, most of this poetry from comes from the coterie network of Tickells, Sheridans, Linleys. First poem, by E.A.S., has “Ms” [presumably "manuscript"] written beside the title.

Ownership mark

Erased five-line inscription "(This book of family Poetry I bequeath to my dear Children . . .) From their mother" f. 1v.

Final epitaph is signed "M. T."

Page layout

Paginated (by the compiler ff. 1-77 beginning with first page of poetry – these numbers correspond with Table of Contents; cataloguer has renumbered folios 1-64 beginning with Table of Contents; both include the final 2 endpapers, which have poetry written on them).

Table of Contents

Yes, at the beginning, written onto a heavier endpaper.