Houghton MS Eng 1280

Title Poems on several occasions with introductory anecdotes.
Archive Houghton Library
Call Number Houghton MS Eng 1280
Complete Yes

Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, 1810–1814.

Five volumes for her adopted nephew, but only the first three are primarily poetry, and therefore considered manuscript verse miscellanies. 

Largely original occasional poems accompanied by prose biographical material and information about the circumstances of each item's composition. 

Format Quarto
Book Size 23cm
Filled Page Count Vol 1: 144 pages; Vol 2: 126 pages; Vol 3: 129 pages.
Item Count 249
Poem Count 245
First Line Index No
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Notes - genealogical, Prose - miscellaneous, Prose anecdotes, Prose commentary
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 1280.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/371. Accessed .

Created 2020-04-23 4:39:05 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:17:24 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular; if she doesn't remember or know the author, she'll make a guess.


Pre-bound paperbooks. No blanks, no words swallowed by the spine; some annotations written in sideways. 

Red leather bindings.


No but "Turn over" occasionally written in the lower right corner of the page when a poem continues onto the following page (specifically in volumes two and three).



Indications of use

A literary journal written for her adopted nephew John Salusbury Piozzi containing family and personal information, so clearly intended to be informative as well as a kind of family memorabilia. 

Explanatory annotations to people, places, and events Salusbury might be unfamiliar with.

Piozzi frequently encourages selections of the book or the book itself be published posthumously. 

Mostly fair copy—some large cross-outs (of paragraphs) but very few small corrections (of individual letters or words). 


The volume is compiled page by page, chronologically. 

Dedication in volume one, and opening gestures that nod to the previous volume in volumes two, three, and four. Five begins without ceremony. 

Original poetry

Yes, plenty by Piozzi and others.

Ownership mark

"H. L. Piozzi" and "Hester Lynch Piozzi" signatures throughout. 

"Sir Randle Mainwaring" written in pencil on the inside front cover of each volume. 

Page layout


Poems and annotations sometimes written sideways in order to fit them on the page.

Title page

Yes, for each volume.