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Common-place book of original lyric verse

Identifier: Coll-1414

Scope and Contents

87 poems many adorned with pen and ink drawings and a few with attractive watercolour all relative to the text. No hint of place of origin.

Quarto. Manuscript written throughout in a neat hand imitating typeface. 120pp. A purpose produced 'album' volume in red calf, gilt, gilt border, and marbled edges.


  • Creation: 1827-1839

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Biographical / Historical

This is a manuscript common-place book of original lyric verse, from c. 1827-1839, and with numerous pen and ink drawings and watercolours. The poems are mostly of a sentimental religious nature, distinctly rural, and with a few of a topical nature. Topical lines include an opening poem on Napoleon, the death of Canning, the death of the opera-singer Maria Malibran, and one on the accession of Queen Victoria. Some are family orientated and include watercolour portraits - 'Letitia. On her return from Bath 21 Dec. 1837' and 'On Ben's birth day, 12 November 1837'. There is a poem entitled 'Crypt Bells' referring to Gloucester's 'Cloister'd scenes', which together with the reference to Bath may offer a clue to the location of the unknown writer.


1 volume

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired May 2012. Accession no: E2012.43.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie16 January 2013

Manuscript common-place book of original lyric verse, c. 1827-1839
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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