|Content Description||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'.
|Descriptive Features||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.
|Publication Note||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|