UChicago Library Codex Ms. 636

Title Untitled
Archive University of Chicago Special Collections and Research Center
Call Number UChicago Library Codex Ms. 636
Complete Yes

William Tighe, ca. 1815.

25 poems.

Mainly light-hearted original poems on such subjects as love, theatre, and furniture.

Format Quarto
Book Size 19cm x 11.8cm
Filled Page Count 29 pages
Item Count 25
Poem Count 25
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.


UChicago Library Codex Ms. 636.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/399. Accessed .

Created 2022-08-30 8:33:31 AM
Updated 2023-08-16 12:45:07 PM
Feature Note
Author attributions

Frequent, though mainly by initials.


Pre-bound. Created from a blank paperbook. More than half empty; no writing in the gutter.


Single, with the exception of one page (19).

Indications of use

Mainly a collection of original poems, though it’s worth noting that you get a sense of the community behind Tighe from the Answer to his chair poem (by C.H.), the numerous mentions of Amarantha, and the Epilogue spoken by his brother, Henry.

No answers to riddles, suggesting the collection was potentially assembled less for sociable than for preservation purposes.

Item formatting

Single lines between items.



The book begins with two poems by Lord Byron but shortly diverges into original poetry.

Original poetry

Yes, mainly original work by the compiler. The collection also features an answer to a Tighe poem by C.H. and a number of shorter unattributed poems, though these are presumably by Tighe as well.

Ownership mark

No; multiple attempts by the cataloguers' to identify the compiler in pencil on the front-flyleaf but the only indication that the book was Tighe's are his self-attributions.

Page layout


Not a decorative book; the filled pages are comfortably so with no margins or embellishments.