|Title||Lusus Seniles; or, Trifles To Kill Time in Confinement and Old Age.|
|Call Number||Bodleian MS Eng. poet. d. 47|
Mr. Davis, ca. 1750–1765.
Pastorals, love poems, and poems on aging with one about inability to perform sexually.
Kidlington circle with key to coterie pseudonyms on final page.
|Book Size||25cm x 19.1cm|
|Filled Page Count||364 pages|
|First Line Index||Yes|
Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.
Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.
Bodleian MS Eng. poet. d. 47. Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700-1820, 2021, ed. Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://dhil.lib.sfu.ca/mvm/manuscript/137.Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.
|Created||2019-09-04 1:13:44 PM|
|Updated||2023-07-20 2:06:28 PM|
|Before creating Nature will'd||
Local title: n/a
Attributed author: n/a
Other variants: Last line: Fools read, and take me for your pains.
|Indulgent Nature to each Kind bestows||
Local title: On a Bursar of a College cutting down the Trees.
Attributed author: n/a
Other variants: First line: Indulgent nature on all things bestows...
Rare; but titles often reference the author (by pseudonym) and who they are addressing (by pseudonym).
Probably created from a pre-bound paperbook (gilt page edges, generous use of white space, use of verso pages to add some final items).
|Indications of use||
Key to coterie pseudonyms on final page. Poem "The Amicables” contains indications of characters, figures, professions, and ages of the male characters.
Poems frequently reference members of a circle or network centred around Kidlington in Oxfordshire, various Oxford Colleges, and Leicestershire.
Single red horizontal rule under titles.
Double rule between items.
Stanza numbers, speakers’ names, etc., also in red.
Items entered only on the recto side of page, but use of verso pages to add fourteen final items, mostly on the early or final pages.
Yes; almost all original, as indicated by title page and headnotes to poems, but the First Line Index identifies four authored by others: Erasmus Darwin/ Anna Seward; Waller; J. Cooper; Queen Charlotte.
Signature of Frances Lidwell at top of title page.
Paginated (by the compiler, in folios, beginning with the first poetry item).
|Table of Contents||
Yes, at the beginning of the book.
Yes: "Lusus Seniles Or Trifles to kill Time in Confinement and Old Age."
Also features a motto.