The manuscript contains two separate listings of anatomical preparations. The first is untitled and a contents page covers ff.1-23 and lists a total of 244 specimens. This list appears incomplete as the final few entries are written roughly in pencil. Folios 24-42 are blank and followed by a section entitled 'history of the preparations' containing more detailed descriptions on ff.43-63 of 34 of the specimens listed in the contents. Amongst these detailed descriptions is a description of the diseased os innominatum and femur once belonging to Betty Stincklin who was a patient at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Accompanying it is a full page colour image of Stincklin when she was alive and with a severely diseased femur on f.49.
Folios 64-169 are blank and the second listing of anatomical preparations covers ff.170-1-86. This begins at the end of the manuscript and can be read when the volume is turned upside down and is entitled 'Catalogue of the anatomical preparations belonging to JA Ransome'. A total of 127 specimens are listed divided into the following 9 categories: skin & tela cellulosa; chylo-poietic viscera; organs of taste & mastication; pulmonary & circulatory organs; cerebral & nervous system; eye; ear; urinary & male organs of generation; and female organs of generation. None of these are described in any great detail.
Given the number of blank pages and the use of pencil at the end of some sections it appears the manuscript is incomplete. It is believed the catalogue belonged to and lists the preparations of John Atkinson Ransome (1779-1837). The volume bears the bookplate of Owens College which indicates that it was donated to them by the executors of the late Prof. W Smith. On the inside of the front cover there is also the label of E. Thomson, bookseller, 20 Market Street, Manchester, which refers to Ebenezer Thomson (fl. 1810-1827).