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A Compendium of Practicall Musick by Christopher Sympson [Simpson], c 1660

MS. Tenbury 390

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This is the autograph manuscript of Simpson’s work, originally published in 1665 under the title The Principles of Practical Musick. Simpson’s authorship is undisputed despite the insertion of the name “Henry Purcil” on fol. 2 of the manuscript, which is in a different hand and different ink. There is a strong probability that this manuscript served as printer’s copy for the first published edition.


  • c 1660


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Tenbury 390


9 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom