UChicago Library Codex Ms. 558

Title Untitled
Archive University of Chicago Special Collections and Research Center
Call Number UChicago Library Codex Ms. 558
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1740.

488 items.

Religious poetry including some poems on religious turncoats.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 600 pages
Item Count 488
Poem Count 488
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. 558.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/405. Accessed .

Created 2022-12-18 12:46:09 PM
Updated 2024-05-16 9:25:52 AM
Feature Note
Author attributions


Author attributions

Yes, rare.


Rebound; A fragment of the original binding is attached to inside front cover. 

Page edges are not evenly trimmed


Yes, regular.



Indications of use

Either a presentation copy book or for use in religious singing; rare cross-outs are artful.

Item formatting

Double-ruled lines between items; occasionally accompanied by a free-hand swirl.

Pagination by folio


Title page suggests this was the first of two volumes ("There is another vol, larger Quarto.")

Section of sacramental hymns ff. 170–197.

Original poetry

Possibly, given the number of anonymous poems, but there is no clear evidence of original work.

Page layout

Paginated by folio.

Evidence of pencil margins.

Title page

Yes, not decorated: "A Collection of Religious Poems &c. by an uncertain Author. Some are borrowed from Dr. I. Watts. There is another vol, larger Quarto."