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Calligraphic part-books of duos for bass viols by Christopher Simpson and John Jenkins

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 77

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Eight exercises for two bass viols, with each part being in a separate volume, i and ii. In same hand as the manuscript US-Cu 959 (cf. Ashbee, et al.)

  1. Christopher Simpson. C major, VdGS 24. i, fol. 3; ii, fol. 14.
  2. Christopher Simpson. A minor, VdGS 25. i, fols. 3v-4; ii, fols. 14v-15.
  3. Christopher Simpson. F major, VdGS 26. i, fols. 4v-5; ii, fols. 15v-16.
  4. John Jenkins. G minor, VdGS 23. i, fols. 5v-6; ii, fols. 16v-17.
  5. Christopher Simpson. F major, VdGS 27. i, fols. 6v-7; ii, fols. 17v-18.
  6. John Jenkins. A major, VdGS 18. i, fols. 7v-8; ii, fols. 18v-19.
  7. Christopher Simpson. G major, VdGS 28. i, fols. 8v-9; ii, fols. 19v-20.
  8. John Jenkins. C major, VdGS 13. i, fols. 9v-10; ii, fols. 20v-21.


  • Creation: late 17th cent.


1 Box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. c. 77, fol. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. c. 77


Former shelfmark: Music School A. 5. 24-25.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17304


Calligraphic part-books of duos for bass viols by Christopher Simpson and John Jenkins, late 17th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Simpson (c 1602/1606-1669) was a theorist, composer and viol player. See Grove Music Online for further details.

John Jenkins (1592-1678) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

Viola da Gamba Society Thematic index of music for viols [online]

Robert Hake, [Catalogue of the Music School Collection], c 1850-1855. No. XLVI.

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 26442-26443.

RISM 800273447

Custodial History

Possibly linked to the Court of King James II at Whitehall (cf. Ashbee, et al.). Subsequently part of the Music School collection of printed and manuscript music, which was originally bequeathed to the University of Oxford by William Heather (c 1563-1627), and gradually added to until the end of the 18th century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.


  • Ashbee, Thompson and Wainwright, The Viola da Gamba Society index of manuscripts containing consort music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001-2008) [and online (VdGS)], vol. 2, pp. 159-160.

Physical Facet

2 part-books, each consisting of 2 quires of 4. Watermark: Fleur de Lys, much resembling Heawood 1785A. Ruling: 12 5-line staves, red margins at both edges. Binding: stiff red and white marbled paper; on the cover someone wrote 'Di Diversi'.


Very large upright quarto

Calligraphic part-books of duos for bass viols by Christopher Simpson and John Jenkins
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom