Manuscript. Keyboard book, compiled by Edward Lowe with additions
by Richard Goodson Sr; English, 1670s and later. Apparently a
partner volume to Mus. 1177, which uses the same paper-stock
and rastration, and was also copied by Lowe and Goodson Sr. Items
1-8 probably derive from layer 2 of Mus. 47. Copyists as follows:
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
Upright format, 337 x 217 mm. Collation not securely ascertained on account of the tightness of the binding, but built around a central gathering of nine nested bifolios (= 18 folios, ff. 5-22), apparently preceded by two adjacent bifolios (ff. 1-2, 3-4), and followed by a bifolio (ff. 23-4); 24 folios in total. Foliation is in modern pencil. The bifolio now occupying ff. 9/18 was erroneously inverted before binding; thus item 6 now begins in inverted format at f. 18. Unused ruled staves on ff. 1r-v, 4v, 8v-9v, 10v, 16v-17v, and 18v-24v. Early 20th-century binding of tooled red leather over boards; no trace remains of any earlier binding. No early bookplate. 19th-century shelfmark: K.1.17. Formerly Mus. 1056. Annotations on f. 1r by York Powell.
Provenance uncertain, but in view of its close connection with Mus. 1177, almost certainly from the Goodson bequest. The volume cannot be matched against any entry in Clement 1747 or Malchair (1787). The current binding dates from the librarianship of York Powell, who was normally scrupulous about reporting 18th-century shelfmarks written on wrappers discarded during rebinding; this suggests that the volume was neither catalogued nor assigned a shelfmark until the 19th century.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 38.