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PwV - Literary Manuscripts in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection, 16th-19th centuries
Pw V 119
MS score book containing choruses from the play entitled 'Marcus Brutus', written by Alexander Pope and John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham, music by Signor Giovanni Bononcini; 1723
Microfilm surrogate available - readers may be required to use the microfilm in the first instance.
Individual items in this volume are described under references Pw V 119/1-4.
Score book containing four choruses from the play Marcus Brutus; items listed separately.
Autograph note on verso of second front flyleaf: 'these Chorusses were perform'd at Buckingham House in ye Great Salon on the Birthday of Edmond Duke of Buckingham Jan: ye 10th: 1723 w<hi>ch Musick was Perform'd by Mrs Robinson, Mrs Barbier & another singer Mrs Clark. All the opera Instruments perform'd by their severall Parts, & the Chapel Singers - the management of which was under the Care of Signor Bononcini who sett the Chorusses with great skill & care [signed] K Buckingham'.
Volumes from Pw V cannot be photographed by readers with their own camera or device, but reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only.
Large quarto book
Watermark: Strasbourg Bend, approx. 110 x 45 mm, no monogram
Countermark: none present with this watermark
Countermark: Letter C, 20 x 20 mm (Type B, front and back flyleaves)
Printed paper with 12 equidistant staves per page
Red morocco leather binding with rich gold tooling, bands of ornamental flowers and garlands form a central oblong field which has floral corners and a central ornament in this linear field; spine is divided into six sections decorated with floral stamps and second section is gold stamped with 'Chorus - Bononcini 1723'; gold graphing; binder gave the MS marble paper pastedowns and fly leaves pasted to one front and one back flyleaves which have countermark with letter C.
The binding is attributed to the royal bookbinder Charles Mearne (d 1686) in Cumming's sale catalogue.
University of Nottingham Library:
University of Nottingham Library:
The New Grove, vol 5, pp 95-96 & Highfill, Burnim and Langhans, vol 2, p 208; vol 13, pp 22-25; vol 1, pp 281-84; vol 3, p 296 & H. M. Nixon and M.M. Foot, The History of Decorated Bookbindings in England (Oxford, 1992) p 63
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Dates of existence
Sheffield; Edmund (1716-1735); 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
Sheffield; Katherine (c.1682-1743); Duchess of Buckingham and Normanby; née Darnley formerly wife of the Earl of Anglesey; alleged illegitimate daughter of King James II and VII by Catherine Sedley Countess of Dorchester later wife of the Earl of Portmore
Barbier; Jane (-1757); -
Clark; - (fl 1695-1723); Mrs
Robinson; Anastasia (c.1692-1755); Countess of Peterborough; opera singer; married 3rd Earl of Peterborough
Bononcini; Giovanni (1670-1747); Signor; Italian composer
Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet
Sheffield; John (1647-1721); 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby; 3rd Earl of Mulgrave; Lord Chamberlain 1685-88
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