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Mus. 49

Manuscript. Guardbook containing eight unrelated and previously discrete tracts, all 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 a list of other volumes in related bindings, see the entry for Mus. 3.)

Upright format, 325 x 203 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: 'MASS / BY / CARISSIMI / &.C'. Bookplate 2. The binding pre-dates the 1787 catalogue by Malchair, in which the volume is described (f. 1) as 'A Mass by Carissimi / Pieces by Turner / Motetts by felice Sances / Dan: Purcel / smal folio Vellum'. Tract 1 is paginated '3-41' in contemporary ink; the remaining pagination is modern, and was slightly adjusted on 4 September 1990. (These adjustments will not be present in microfilms made before that date.) Bookplate 2. 19th-century shelfmark: I.1.13.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 6.

  • Mus. 49 (pp. 1-43A). Anonymous Mass in C major (attributed to 'Carissimi' on the spine of the volume), copied by Francis Smith. English, 1690s.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 44-7). Seventeen chants by W[illiam] Turner [ii], autograph. English, late 17th century.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 48-65). Four motets by Giovanni Felice Sances, copied by Edward Lowe and Francis Withy. English, 1670s.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 66-87). Three anthems by William Norris and Daniel Purcell; copyist unidentified. English, early 18th century.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 88-151). Anthems, songs and dialogues, copied in score. Copyist unidentified; English, late 17th century.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 152-91). Motets by Giovanni Felice Sances copied by Charles Husbands Sr, with later additions copied by Edward Lowe and Francis Withy. English, c. 1670-80. Partner to Mus. 1178.
  • Mus. 49 (pp. 192-9). Orlando Gibbons, 'Behold thou hast made my days', copied by Francis Smith. English, 1690s.


Jonathan P. Wainwright, Musical Patronage in Seventeenth-Century England: Christopher, First Baron Hatton (1605-1670) (Aldershot and Brookfield VT, 1997), pp. 378-82. Find in a Library