Beinecke Osborn c241

Title Untitled
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c241
Complete Yes

Richard Chaloner Cobbe, ca. 1753.

Thick boards seemingly worn by use. 

67 items.

Seems reflective of an Oxford circle of male poets.

Latin poetry, bawdy satire, and poems about women.

Format Quarto
Book Size 21cm x 17cm
Filled Page Count 131 pages
Item Count 67
Poem Count 64
First Line Index Yes
Digitized No
Additional Genres 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 c241.” 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 4:36:32 PM
First Line Context
Clio, behold this charming Day

p. 47

Local title: Ode to Henry Fox esqr.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Mistaken fair, lay Sherlock by

p. 14

Local title: On the Countess of Walsingham's reading Sherlock on Death

Attributed author: Lord Chesterfield

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Remote from Liberty and Truth

pp. 15–18

Local title: Ode by Mr Nugent; on his Conversion to the Protestant Religion.

Attributed author: Mr Nugent.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Nothing here addressing Pulteney, as normally in the last stanzas of the poem.

Other: n/a

Since you, dear Doctor, sav'd my Life

pp. 125–129.

Local title: Letter from C.H. to Dr. L.

Attributed author: C.H.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions



Thick boards, without title. 

Worn by use, it seems. Perhaps originally a very thin calf or vellus half-binding, but could just be some kind of waxed paper. 

Decorations - hand-drawn

Pen drawings (doodlings) on verso of page 129. 



Indications of use

Sketch on back page looks like a dress fashionable at the turn of the nineteenth-century or later – perhaps signals continued reading of the book, or simply use of the book for scrap paper.

Book cover corners quite dog-eared, which could signify frequent reading.

Boards worn by use. 

Item formatting

Uniform presentation of poems, with single diagonal lines under titles and double diagonal lines between items.


Latin and English poems (unusually) integrated. 

Original poetry

Seems possible, given sense of local poems centred around Oxford, bawdy short poems, etc. – but this is also the type of material that would circulate anonymously.

Ownership mark

Pasted inside front cover: bookplate of Richard Chaloner Cobbe.

Page layout


Table of Contents

Yes, at the beginning of the manuscript.