Beinecke Osborn c179

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c179
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1798.

Miniature book with elaborate illustrations, perhaps for children.

17 items.

Includes a song in Cumberland dialect and material from Poor Robin's Almanac.

Format Tiny book
Book Size 11cm x 9cm
Filled Page Count 64 pages
Item Count 17
Poem Count 17
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 c179.” 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 4:32:01 PM
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Post-bound. Words disappear into the gutter; one section of the book is written in faded ink or pencil with sideways orientation, so seems to have been produced separately from other items in the manuscript.

Half sheep, paper boards. Seems homemade.



Decorations - hand-drawn

Detailed ink illustrations for final set of items (pp. 45–64).



Indications of use

Title pages and catchwords for ease of reading.

Illustrations seem designed to appeal to an audience, especially children. 

Item formatting

Flourishes at item ends.

Print-style titles for items.

Original poetry

Yes; author seems to claim final poem.

A number of other unattributed poems are potentially original as well. 

Page layout

Paginated (retrospective; sideways item that is now p. 41 is numbered “45” in original hand).

Title page

No, but a number of internal title pages.