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Mus. 834


Mus. 834
Dowland, John, 1563?-1626 Grove DNB
The first booke of songs or ayres of foure parts, with tableture for the lute. So made, that all the parts together, or either of them severally, may be sung to the lute, orpherian, or viol de gambo. Composed by John Dowland, lutenist and Bacheler of Musick in both the universities. Also an invention by the said author for two to play upon one lute. Newly corrected and amended.
London: Imprinted ... by Humfrey Lownes, 1613
RISM A/I D3482

Provenance: from the Aldrich bequest, listed in Archives 1717, item H13, as 'Dowland's first book of songs', qualified in Dowding (main hand) as 'Lond. 1613'. As the entries in Archives 1717 and Dowding make plain, another Dowland song-book was subsequently added to this shelfmark, but was later stolen (Archives 1717, item H16: 'Dowland's Second Book of Songs. v[ide] 13', qualified in Dowding (main hand) as 'Lond. 1600'; entry for H13 in Archives 1717 changed to read 'Dowland's 2 Books of songs'; Dowding entry for H16 annotated by Havergal: 'missing 1845').

Upright format, 320 x 205 mm. C17th wrappers of thick grey paper, now within an early C20th binding of rough brown leather over boards. Original upper wrapper annotated in an early C17th hand: 'Booke of ffoure partes of Dowlands workes'. C17th annotations on dedication page: 'Francis Monck and Susan Bredwell'. Shelfmark 'H.13' on inside of original upper wrapper. Bookplate 2. C19th shelfmark: K.4.48.

Microfilm: The printed music of Christ Church, Oxford, reel 46.
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