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Two sets of part-books, listed in 1682 as 'Dr. Gibbons'

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MS. Mus. Sch. d. 231

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Christopher Gibbons: Airs and suites in parts. The part-books are: i-iv inscribed by E. Lowe on the cover 'Ayres, Corant, Sarabrand, 2 Trebles & a Base' (where i is 1st treble, ii is 2nd treble, and iii and iv are Base(s)); v-vii inscribed by Lowe 'Mr. Gibbons Fancy Ayre Corant' (where v is 1st treble, vi is 2nd treble and vii is Base). Copied by one scribe before 1663.

1-11: 'Ayres, Corant, Sarabrand, 2 Trebles & a Base'. Airs: 1-8 in G minor (VdGS 42, 43, 48, 49, 45, 46, 44, 50); 9-11 in F major (VdGS 36, 37, 38). i, fols. 3-5; ii, fols. 11-13; iii, fols. 18-20; iv, fols. 26-28.

12-15: 'Mr. Gibbons Fancy, Ayre, Corant'.

12. D minor, VdGS Set 3 (19-21). v, fol. 34; vi, fol. 42; vii, fol. 50.

13. D minor, VdGS Set 4 (22-24). v, fol. 35; vi, fol. 43; vii, fol. 51.

14. D major, VdGS Set 5 (25-27). v, fol. 36; vi, fol. 44; vii, fol. 52.

15. D major, VdGS Set 6 (28-30).v, fol. 37; vi, fol. 45; vii, fol. 53.

16. 'Another Base of the 3d. fancie & of Mr. Gibbons thinges', headed in E. Lowe's hand, i.e., the suite no. 14 above and the Almane and Corant from no. 15. Copied by the scribe of MSS. Mus. Sch. e. 431-436 [Jackson (?)]. Fols. 54-55.


  • Creation: [1663]


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. Sch. d. 231, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. Sch. d. 231


Former shelfmark: Music School A. 4. 16-22.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17347


Two sets of part-books bound together, listed in 1682 as 'Dr. [Christopher] Gibbons'.

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Gibbons (bap 1615-1676) was an English composer and organist. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Other Finding Aids

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

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

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. 26511.

RISM 800273235

Custodial History

This item is 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. The present manuscript was once owned by Edward Lowe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Bodleian in 1885.

Physical Facet

Seven part-books and an extra bifolium, all now bound in one volume, iii + 60 leaves. Each part is a quire of 4 leaves within end-papers and a marbled paper cover. Watermark: Bend and lily, not in Heawood. Ruling: 10 staves of five lines, black margins at both edges. Fols. 54-55 are an upright folio bifolium; watermark Fool's cap, [resembling no. 364 in W.A. Churchill, Watermarks in paper in Holland, England, France (Amsterdam, 1935)]; ruling 12 staves of five lines, margins at both edges. Inscribed by Edward Lowe on the cover of each '22th 7 Bookes'.


Large upright quarto

Two sets of part-books, listed in 1682 as 'Dr. Gibbons'
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom