Beinecke Osborn c189

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c189
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1705.

195 items.

Songs, political satire, poems on death, and bawdy poetry.

Format [smaller than a quarto]
Book Size 13cm x 8cm
Filled Page Count 223
Item Count 195
Poem Count 195
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 c189.” 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 4:35:14 PM
First Line Context
Julia once struck me with a Ball of Snow

p. 51. 

Local title: One, who fell in love with Julia, at her throwing A ball of snow at him.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: "A ball of stiffen'd rain from Julia flew."

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Full calf.

Spine has probably been repaired.

Decorations - hand-drawn

"On a skeleton sitting on a pile of dead men's bones" is illustrated by a pen drawing.



Indications of use

A few notes, possibly later but in the same hand and may simply be a change of ink.

Item formatting

Pages with multiple items may have strokes to mark the end of each. No space between items.


Many pages written sideways, depending on the length of lines, it seems.

Original poetry

Maybe; unattributed items from the manuscript were mostly attributed in the First Line Index, but not all; there could be a few originals.

Ownership mark

Later note written on an endpaper: The author’s initials seem to be “W.P.” and the date of the manuscript circa 1700.

Page layout

Very crowded pages.

Paginated (220 pages originally paginated, then 3 additional pages paginated later by the same hand).