Document ReferencePw V 119
TitleMS 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
Extent86 ff
Access ConditionsMicrofilm surrogate available - readers may be required to use the microfilm in the first instance.
Content DescriptionIndividual 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'.
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Physical DescriptionLarge quarto book
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: 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.
WatermarkStrasbourg Bend
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Publication NoteThe 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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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74392Sheffield; Edmund (1716-1735); 2nd Duke of Buckingham and Normanby1716-1735
NA72919Sheffield; 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 Portmorec.1682-1743
NA74393Barbier; Jane (-1757); --1757
NA74394Clark; - (fl 1695-1723); Mrsfl 1695-1723
NA74395Robinson; Anastasia (c.1692-1755); Countess of Peterborough; opera singer; married 3rd Earl of Peterboroughc.1692-1755
NA74396Bononcini; Giovanni (1670-1747); Signor; Italian composer1670-1747
NA1123Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet1688-1744
NA28878Sheffield; John (1647-1721); 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby; 3rd Earl of Mulgrave; Lord Chamberlain 1685-881647-1721
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