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A dissertation upon Musick, by Francis Walker

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MS. Mus. f.37

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Francis Walker: 'A Dissertation upon Musick. Shewing its Invention, Antiquity, Rise, Progress, Excellency, and various Uses in this Life. Also, the various Objections against the Modern Music Answer'd; and the Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, in Private or Public Worship, fully Vindicated'. Included in the dissertation are passages copied from works printed in 17th-early 18th cent. Selections were printed in The Quarterly Visitor, 1814-1815, by J. Yorke of Guisborough, whose notes are at the back of the book.


  • Creation: mid-18th cent.


170 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. f.37

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11264


Francis Walker's dissertation on music, its history and usage, mid-18th cent.

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Biographical details unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1968.

Physical Facet

Five paper-covered notebooks stitched together: the fifth had been partly used earlier and most of the used leaves were cut out. Gatherings 1 (24) (24 removed); 2 (4); 3 (16); 4 (16); 5 (42) (1, 5, 7-12, 14-16, 27, 33-35 removed). Watermark resembles Heawood 3700, except pp. 125-161, which appear to be 4° leaves cut to 8° size, watermark resembling Heawood 3700 but having a different countermark.


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A dissertation upon Musick, by Francis Walker, 18th cent.
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom