Manuscript. A heavily mutilated volume of Italian and English sacred music, copied in score largely by Henry Aldrich; English, late 17th century. Henry Bowman was responsible for copying item 3; and an unidentified copyist added item 2. Many leaves from the original volume have been excised; to judge from the stubs that remain, the majority of them also once contained music copied by Aldrich. (For further details, see below.) Most of the pieces still intact within Mus. 43 were also copied into Mus. 48.
Table of titles and composers in modern form. Display form found in manuscript.
Upright format, 360 x 235 mm. 24 surviving folios, foliated in modern pencil. At least 60 further leaves have been excised from the volume, largely from the rear of the volume (following modern f. 24), and are now represented by unfoliated stubs. The majority of these bear traces of music copied by Aldrich. For an attempt to determine the original collation, see Wainwright (in Bibliography below), p. 375. Unused ruled staves on ff. 6v, 21v and 22r. 'Aldrich binding' Type 1. Bookplate 2. Apparently not allocated a shelfmark during the 19th century, to judge from the following annotation on the front flyleaf (partly concealed by the pastedown inventory of contents by Weedon): 'duplicate / See I.1.12' (= Mus. 48).
Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest. The earliest catalogue entry for this item is by Hind (in Dowding), where it is listed at position P5 as 'Miserere by Reggio. Salve Regina &c. Anima mea by Charissimi. &c. Folio M.S. Much torn'. In Mus. 43 itself, the shelfmark 'P.5' is written in Hind's hand on the front flyleaf.
Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 6.
Bibliography:Jonathan P. Wainwright, Musical Patronage in Seventeenth-Century England: Christopher, First Baron Hatton (1605-1670) (Aldershot and Brookfield VT, 1997), pp. 374-5.
For a list of other items at Christ Church associated with Henry Bowman, see the entry for Mus. 20.