Houghton MS Eng 606

Title Poems, tracts & memoirs / collected by J. Rolfe
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 606
Complete Yes

J. Rolfe, 1700.

67 poems.

Primarily religious material.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.1cm x 15.7cm
Filled Page Count 197 pages
Item Count 79
Poem Count 67
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Religious prose
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.


Houghton MS Eng 606.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/368. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 4:15:22 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:20:19 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions



Later green vellum, subsequently rebacked.


Two primary hands, with a Table of Contents in another hand, and a possible other hand in the ambigragh section. The two primary hands are alternating, not consecutive—Rolfe's hand attributes the author of one of the second hand's poems, and annotates another. 

Indications of use

Annotations of famous people’s names.

Ambigraph section begun with prayers and so perhaps originally intended as a section for prayers instead of poetry.

Item formatting

Begins by using small lines to indiciate a new stanza (text is too close together to tell items apart otherwise) eg. pp. 37, 39. Then on pp. 71–74 stanzas are numbered with bold roman numerals. Then the rest of the manuscript, the stanzas are numbered with arabic numerals.

pp. 77–167 items are seperated by two clean (seemingly rulered) lines, whereas before that and in the ambigraph section, the items simply follow one another, or have a short, informal line scratched after the last word.


Ambigraph. Switch in orientation occurs between pp. 166–167. 

Ownership mark

"J. Rolfe" signed on front flyleaf. 

“W.W.W. Tythendye[?] 1 St. James’s Square Notting Hill, W” written in ink on inside front-cover. 

Apparently a G. Davies owned the book at some unspecified point.

Page layout

Paginated (both sections, pp. 1–167 and 1–30 with one overlapping page paginated as both p. 167 and p. 30). 

Table of Contents

Yes, for both hands' sections, but seemingly in a third eighteenth-century hand.