Beinecke Osborn c265

Title (Poems &c)
Archive Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Call Number Beinecke Osborn c265
Complete Yes

Anonymous, ca. 1730.

Additions and annotations possibly by a second hand in 1730s.

39 items.

Centred on Swift and Pope, with a few items about them by others, and a few additional satires.

Format Octavo
Book Size 16cm x 10cm
Filled Page Count 55 pages
Item Count 39
Poem Count 39
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 c265.” 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 4:37:58 PM
First Line Context
As on his Death-bed gasping Strephon lay

p. 103

Local title: A Pastoral on the Death of John Wilmot Earl of Rochester Born in 1648 Died July 26, 1680.

Attributed author: Mr. Flatman.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: "gasping" not "grasping."

Other: n/a

Careful Observers may foretel the Hour

p. 5

Local title: A description of a city shower. Oct. 1710.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Cries Celia to a reverend Dean

p. 113

Local title: No Marriage in Heaven. Why?

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: "Says Celia to a Certain Dean,"... rather than "Cries Celia."

Other: n/a

When Foes are o'ercome, we preserve them from Slaughter

pp. 107–109

Local title: A Serious Poem upon Wm Wood, Brasier, Tinker, Hardware-man, Coiner, Founder, and Esquire.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Occasional; later addition of references to Pope and Swift miscellany of 1731.


Post-Bound (stitched). None; first page also serves as the cover of this single quire of paper that was stitched together. 

Middle section on slightly smaller-sized paper. 


Could be single but most likely double.

Catalogue note implies a second, later hand; they are very close, although page references to the Miscellanies and the left margin note on the first page do seem to be added later (maybe not much later – still looks like an early-century hand) – this hand is about ½ the size of the first, and contributes many tiny items as fillers especially in the final section of the book. 

Indications of use

Original compiler or slightly later owner has added in references.

Final riddles added even later.

Corners quite worn – page numbers worn off.

Item formatting

Short ruled lines under titles; double ruled lines at the ends of items.

Running titles at the tops of pages.

Page layout

Ruled margins around each filled page and a few blank ones after the first filled section.