Beinecke Osborn c162

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c162
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1710s. 

3 items.

The first poem is a mock-heroic that praises the women of Stepney and Mile End, and the second and third respond to the first.

Stepney and Mile End coterie.

Format Quarto
Book Size 19cm x 15cm
Filled Page Count 18 pages
Item Count 3
Poem Count 3
First Line Index Yes
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.


Beinecke Osborn c162.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM
Updated 2023-07-19 4:24:59 PM
Contributor Role
Mr. B—y
Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; first poem is by "Mr. B--y," and the third is addressed to him as the author of first poem.


Post-bound (stitched).

One gathering, stitched together likely after initial transcription.

Visible red thread at the end of the first poem, in the centre of the gathering.

Decorations - hand-drawn

First and third items presented very ornately.



Indications of use

Annotations of poems in the margins and at bottoms; dialogue between the poems; use of “disguised” names — all suggest the manuscript was meant to be circulated, explicated, enjoyed within the group and perhaps beyond.

Item formatting

One blank leaf between each of the first three items.

Double red rules between stanzas.

Original poetry

Yes, all seem local and original — perhaps written between members of a local social network.

Page layout

Double red-ruled margins.