Beinecke Osborn c150

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c150
Complete Yes

Anonymous, though several items related to Pettiwards, ca. 1767–1783.

107 items (30 prose).

Pet poems; very miscellaneous prose items including a description of masquerade ball in Lincolnshire attended by Peart-Bate coterie members.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 184 pages
Item Count 107
Poem Count 77
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose - miscellaneous, Prose riddles, Prose speech, Word games
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 c150.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-19 4:20:54 PM
Contributor Role
  • Primary compiler

    Several items related to a Peter Pettiward of Putney, Miss F. Pettiward. 

    Possibly also a major author. 

First Line Context
Beneath this Stone lies Katherine Gray

p. 3

Local title: Epitaph on a woman who sold earthenware.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Here lies Father & Mother, & Sister and I

p. 128

Local title: Epitaph.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Writing is adjusted to gutter and end of page.

Sewing marks of six gatherings very clear; also can be seen under damaged part of spine.

Original vellum.


Single primary hand, but quite variable (in some cases, the hand if simply irregular, but in other cases it's obviously a different hand, even sometimes in the middle of the same item–but one main hand overall, from start to end).

Indications of use

Seemingly a commonplace book where items are copied as a first record, with the exception of the poem to a sister. 

Possibly an interim collection, with checkmarks beneath items in early pages (suggesting copying into another book).

Original poetry

Yes, likely.