Manuscript. Guardbook containing two unrelated and previously discrete tracts; English, late 17th and early 18th centuries. The volume was assembled at Christ Church in the late 18th century as part of an uncompleted binding project intended to protect previously unbound items from the Aldrich and Goodson bequests. (For further volumes in similar bindings, see the list below.)
Upright format, 440 x 280 mm. Late 18th-century binding of white parchment over boards, undecorated except for two parallel fillets at edges. Spine in contrasting brown leather; on spine, a red leather inset, tooled in gold: 'BASSENI / PURCELL / & / ZIANI / M.S.'. The binding pre-dates the 1787 catalogue by Malchair, in which the volume is described (f. 1) as 'A large Vol. bound in vellum / for instruments / Bassani / Ziani / Purcel'. The sheets of tract 1 are paginated '2-37' in contemporary ink, supplemented with additional page numbers in modern pencil; tract 2 is foliated '39-70' in modern pencil. Small adjustments to the pagination and foliation were made in March 2003, and will not be present in microfilms made before that date. Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: H.1.3.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 46.
The following volumes are in similar bindings. Several of them are described in this state by Malchair in 1787.