Beinecke Osborn c175

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c175
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1775–1794.

45 items.

General tone is sentimental and polite, includes pseudonymous attributions and apparently fictional epistolary exchanges.

Format Quarto
Book Size 20cm x 16cm
Filled Page Count 91 pages
Item Count 45
Poem Count 33
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres Prose anecdotes, Prose letters
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 c175.” 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 4:30:38 PM
First Line Context
Hark! my gay friend, that solemn toll

p. 45.

Local title: The unknown world. Verses occasioned by hearing a pass-bell.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Rare; a few attributions as part of a title, e.g. Pope's Works; other attributions seem fictional or pseudonymous.


Just one blank leaf at the beginning, two at the end (first one with a strip cut out at the bottom), so basically a filled book.

Paper is quite brown, possibly cheap.

Worn marble board front cover with green (seemingly paper) half-binding.

Back cover missing but contents complete.


Single; extremely neat and precise.

Indications of use

Book is quite worn, could be from use – see edges of front cover and ink stains at top corners of pages in early section of book, but no marks of later editing.

Item formatting

Short double ruled lines at ends of items, under titles, and even beside triplets.

Original poetry


Page layout

Paginated (except for one blank leaf at the beginning and two at the end).