[Psalm Books] Jones, Tho[ma]s. (fl. 1789)

Manuscript Psalm Book, ca. 1789

Manuscript psalm book, England, 18th century. Signed and dated to the lower pastedown, "Tho[ma]s Jones his book, February 27 1789". The contents in the hand of its presumed first owner include the bass parts and full texts of hymns from the beginning of the church year, such as "Christ the Lord is ris'n today," and several other hymns; bass parts with text throughout to several more complex anthems including "Unto us a son is giv'n," "Tell ye the daughters of Jerusalem," and "O God, my heart is ready". Later entries in other hands include psalm settings in four parts without text and several pages with sketches or incomplete single lines of music in pencil. Approx. 40 pp. of music total, with table of contents on both sides of the (detached) front flyleaf. A bookplate from Ernest Bryan Gipps is pasted to the back flyleaf. Ernest Bryan Gipps was the leader (British for concertmaster) of the Folkestone Municipal Orchestra and the brother of composer Ruth Gipps (1921–1999).

Altogether 92 pages (not counting the flyleaves); autograph pagination 1-26 (roughly ends with the section of bass parts); remainder unpaginated. Many pages (and page spreads) are left blank except for staff lines, probably because the note heads bleed through for most of the book, rendering the leaves unsuitable for two-sided use. 8 x 4.25 inches (20.5 x 10.8 cm). Speckled calf binding with stamped gilt linked chain around the border. Front board and first leaf separated together from the block, two other leaves separated, spine covering perished, else very good. (19721)

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