Beinecke Osborn c341

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c341
Complete Yes

Anne Blandford, 1791 and later.

114 poems, mostly occasional.

Mostly verses by Hannah More and her circle


Format Quarto
Book Size 20.7 x 16.6cm
Filled Page Count 180 pages
Item Count 114
Poem Count 110
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.


Smith, Nicholas D. The Literary Manuscripts and Letters of Hannah More. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2008.

-----. "Unpublished Poems by Hannah More in Osborn Shelves c.341 and Folger MS MA 179." Review of English Studies, 57/232 (2006): 581-606.


Beinecke Osborn c341.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

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First Line Context Print Source
Great Edmund hoarse, you say the reason clear;

Page: 43

Local title: More's Epigram on Burke being hoarse

Attributed author: Hannah More

Adaptation: N/A

Other variants:N/A

Other: N/A

Take, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear

Page: 38-39

Local title: Epitaph on Mrs. Mason

Attributed author: Unattributed.

Adaptation: N/A

Other variants:N/A

Other: N/A

Thy Buckles, O Garrick, thy Friends may now Use,

Page: 43

Local title: Mrs Barbauld's on Garrick presenting buckles to More

Attributed author: Annna Letitia Barbauld

Adaptation: N/A

Other variants:N/A

Other: N/A

Feature Note
Author attributions

Regular, often by surname.


Original vellum on boards, in good condition.

Spine seems to have number ‘12’ written on it at top.



Indications of use

Record of a literary circle/coterie. 

Addition of poems on blanks before p. 1 suggests later use to record items found subsequently.

Item formatting

Occasional swirl or line between items, but in general, items are seemingly back-to-back. 

Original poetry

Yes, mostly local interest.

Page layout


8 pages containing 5 poems before page 1 unpaginated. 

A graceful arabesque divides items occurring on same page.

Conservative use of space (all pages fully filled). 

Table of Contents

4 pages, at the start of the volume.