Beinecke Osborn c176

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c176
Complete Yes

Anonymous, 1728.

79 items.

Primarily witty poetry, both high and low; some serious political and moral poems.

Format Octavo
Book Size 16cm x 10cm
Filled Page Count 188 pages
Item Count 79
Poem Count 79
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
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 c176.” 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 4:31:15 PM
First Line Context
A Man of Wisdom may disguise

pp. 72–79.

Local title: A Tale.

Attributed author: Mr Taylor.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: A Man of Learning may Disguise...

Other: n/a

Hear all you Friends to Knighthood

p. 4.

Local title: A ballad on Sr Wm Morgan losing the badge of his order.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: First line: ...Friends of Knighthood...

Indulgent Nature to each Kind bestows

p. 62.

Local title: On the bursers Butting Down a fine row of Trees.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: Errors crossed-out and corrected — possibly transcribed from memory at first?

Little Girl in swadling Cloaths

p. 69

Local title: On Lord Hervey's daughter, a month old, in imitation of Phillips'

Attributed author: n/a 

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

O thou, who labour'st in this rugged Mine

p. 55

Local title: Verses written by Mrs. Cowper, in her Brothers Coke Upon Littletoon.

Attributed author: Mrs. Cowper.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

When Tadloe walks the Streets, the Paviours Cry

p. 7 

Local title: On Mr. Taplow, a very fat gentleman.

Attributed author: Abel Evans.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: "When Taplow walks the streets, the paviers cry..." 

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Pre-bound paperbook. Compiler writes to the outer edge of pages, but leaves a generous inner margin.

Calf binding with gilt trim.



Indications of use

Damage to sides of first two pages, possibly chewed by rodents.

End pages also quite worn, potentially much thumbed.

p. 38/39 cut out, but pagination continuous, so ripped out early.

Some corrections, but most seem made at the point of copying; a few titles/words corrected.

Item formatting

Half lines under final few words of each item.

Some especially decorative item titles.


At the end of the book: "Finis. Vivant Rex. Et Regina. Virtus clara Eternaque habetur. August ye 3rd. Ann: Dom: 1728."

Some clusters seem either generic (epilogues and prologues) or author-oriented (Hoadly, William Taylor), but in general, the compiler seems to enjoy sharp contrasts between the high serious and the low. 

Ownership mark

In red ink on the Table of Contents: "A. E. 17."

Page layout

Book quite tightly written.


Table of Contents

Yes, at the beginning.