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Music book first used for airs for guitar in tablature, 17th cent.

MS. Mus. e. 43

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Seventeenth-century music book first used for airs for guitar. A later, somewhat experimental hand copied seventeen English songs, some of which are by Purcell, and one Italian song, working from both ends. A different hand wrote on fols. 37-35v rev. In some cases words and melody only are given.

Mostly anonymous but includes H. Purcell's 'Come all ye songsters', from The Fairy Queen [Z. 629/7b] (fols. 22v-25), 'In vain 'gaist love in vain I strove', from Henry the Second, King of England [Z. 580/1] (fols. 25v-27v), and 'True Englishmen drink a good health to the mitre' [Z. 284] (fols. 31v-32).

Includes inscription: 'In wartens court the forst house at the ryt hand just wittin holborn bars mr Lax for Mr beddingfield at the engl[ish] [?]'


  • 17th cent.


42 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Mus. e. 43

Other Finding Aids

RISM 800273793

Physical Facet

Watermark: coat of arms, a little like Heawood 391. Ruling 4 staves, red marginal ruling. Binding: calf with gold fillets and ornament.


Oblong 6°

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom