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i + 168 folios.
The poems have been arranged by first lines, in alphabetical order.
Many of the poems are accompanied by previous drafts. A few bear dates: 1865 (number 56), 1868 (numbers 3, 66), 1869 (numbers 4, 50, 61). On the back of number 45 is a fragment of prose dialogue.
None of the poems have been published in a collected edition of Arthur O'Shaughnessy's works except numbers 22 and 48, in ‘Songs of a worker’ (London, 1881), and number 45, in ‘Music and moonlight’ (London, 1874).