UChicago Library Codex Ms. 639

Title Untitled
Archive University of Chicago Special Collections and Research Center
Call Number UChicago Library Codex Ms. 639
Complete Yes

Richard Porson, ca. 1780.

Includes a second section of bound-in separates with its own Table of Contents.

75 poems in the first section + 52 in the second.

Jacobite- and Cambridge-related material.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 15.7cm
Filled Page Count 150 pages
Item Count 117
Poem Count 117
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. 639.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/408. Accessed .

Created 2023-06-13 9:44:13 AM
Updated 2023-08-16 12:50:08 PM
Contributor Role
Richard Porson
Joseph Wasse
  • Major author

    Likely the J. Wasse who authored several poems included in Porson's miscellany.

First Line Context Print Source
As on his Death-bed gasping Strephon lay

p. 70

Local title: A Pastoral on ye Death of the Earl of Rochester.

Attributed author: Mr. Flatman

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

From Me, Dear Charles, inspir’d with Ale

pp. 18–20

Local title: A Letter from W: Turnstall in the Marshalsea to C:W. in Newgate 1715.

Attributed author: W: Turnstall.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Note next to title: "Imperfectly writ."

I love with all my heart/ The Tory party here

p. 15

Local title: A Loyal Profession.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: "I love with all my Heart/ The Hannoverian Part..."

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Post-bound, likely. Table of Contents is swallowed by spine, so likely rebound at some point, probably 19th century; also see addition of second section of individual separates, gatherings of different sizes. First section likely created from a pre-bound book.

Vellum over boards; blind-tooled ruling; evidence of red morocco lettering piece (missing).



Indications of use

p. 15 includes excised names filled-in.

pp. 16–17 includes footnotes.

p. 18 comment "Imperfectly writ" next to title.

Item formatting

Simple thick lines between items.


Second section of the book appears to have been created from separates or gatherings; irregularly paginated. The separate Table of Contents would suggest that this collection was also conceived of as a unit; based on one dated poem (Nov ’73), this section was either written around 50 years later or earlier than the rest of the contents.

Original poetry

Yes; by I. Wasse, R.M., and likely Porson, though unsigned. The second section includes many working copies of original poetry.

Ownership mark

Presentation inscription to Dr. L Koecker by Gideon Delaplaine Scull (dated March 30, 1857).

Red Morocco bookplate of Richard Montgomery Gilchrist Potter.

Page layout

First section paginated by the compiler; second section irregularly paginated.

p. 15 is quartered, with one poem transcribed across the top half of the page and one across the bottom; pages more frequently divided into columns and quartered in the second section.

Table of Contents

Yes, two: at the beginning for the first part of the book and towards the middle of the second section.