UChicago Library Codex Ms. 523

Title Untitled
Archive University of Chicago Special Collections and Research Center
Call Number UChicago Library Codex Ms. 523
Complete Yes

Sarah Gregory, ca. 1771-1774.

74 items. 

Themes of works include death and afterlife, the ephemerality of life, and friendship. 

Format Octavo
Book Size 15.3cm x 9.8cm
Filled Page Count 185
Item Count 74
Poem Count 74
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. 523.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/413. Accessed .

Created 2023-08-21 3:26:21 PM
Updated 2023-10-06 3:03:47 PM
First Line Context Print Source
Hark! my gay friend, that solemn toll

Page: n/a; vol. 1, item #15.

Local title: On a Passing Bell

Attributed author: unattributed

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Turn, gentle hermit of the dale,

Page: 95

Local title: The Hermit

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Poem repeated on pg. 150. Titled there as 'The Unknown World'. Author unattributed.

Feature Note
Author attributions

Yes, but rare. 


Pre-bound. The top edge seems to have been trimmed, so original book was likely rebound.

Compiler is very conscious of avoiding the gutter and margins, frequently squeezing parts of words or writing above line to fit.

Wallet style binding of green-stained vellum over boards; evidence of missing ties.

Marbled endpapers (one side only) and marbled edges on spine, likely a simple fore-edge binding. 



Item formatting

Simple looped or horizontal lines are used to mark the end of poems, and are often used to set off titles. 

Some poems indicate "continued" or "turn over" or "continued over leaf," etc., at bottom of page.

Ownership mark

Inside front cover contains a note and the signature of Job Lously, dated 1849