UChicago Library Codex Ms. 69

Title Poetry miscellany
Archive University of Chicago Special Collections and Research Center
Call Number UChicago Library Codex Ms. 69
Complete Yes

John Liptrott, ca. 1786. 

215 items, 151 poems, many of which are introduced with lengthy prose anecdotes or critical prefaces. 

Contents include satires of social issues and political corruption, historical anecdotes supporting Church of England, nature poetry, recollections of favourite dogs.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20.3cm x 15.8cm
Filled Page Count 388
Item Count 215
Poem Count 151
First Line Index No
Digitized No
Additional Genres anecdotes, travel accounts
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. 69.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/411. Accessed .

Created 2023-08-16 1:58:08 PM
Updated 2023-09-07 12:07:19 PM
First Line Context Print Source
A Knife, dear Girl, cuts Love, they say

Page: 104v-105v

Local title: Untitled

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Here lies poor Johnson: reader have a care,

Pg: 21f, repeated on 43v.

Local title: Johnsoniana

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Yes, occasional. 


Post-bound, likely.

Pigskin over boards; faded marbled edges. 12 gatherings of mostly uniformly-sized paper; then 4 leaves glued in and numbered separately, titled 'Ludicrous verses'.


Used occasionally.

Decorations - printed

Many pasted-in items from the Whitehall Evening Post. 


Single, some items by other hands likely inserted later.

Indications of use

Many pasted-in items from the Whitehall Evening Post.

The compiler comments appreciatively and nostalgically regarding the contents of the manuscript, particularly at the beginning or end of a work.  

Item formatting

Pagination not continuous. Specific segments are paginated by the complier as part of various sequences, suggesting the book is a later binding of various gatherings of 12-16 leaves each. 

Item formatting

Very little uniformity. Some items have a vertically oriented free-drawn spiral at end, or a #-type device that could be initials.

Items are occasionally separated by an inverted triangle of lines; but at times just a rough horizontal line between items on a page.

Items are not always titled and sometimes difficult to determine due to lengthy anecdotal/critical preambles which proceed them. 

Original poetry

Occasional items, including poems about the compiler's former school and pets