File NLW MS 23983A. - John Phillips's Tune Book

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Reference code

NLW MS 23983A.


John Phillips's Tune Book


  • 1812-1821 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

58 ff. (ff. 53-58 inverted text, ff. 24-52 blank) ; 100 x 185 mm.

Contemporary calf binding.

Context area

Archival history

'John Phillips His Book 1812' (inside front cover).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr Alex Fotheringham, bookseller; Hexham, Northumberland; Purchase; September 2008; 004560748

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Tune book, compiled 1812-1821 (watermark 1810), containing psalm tunes, music for a funeral anthem (ff. 4 verso-6), and hymn-tunes, noted in the hands of Edward Maesgwynne [?p. Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire], 1812 (f. 3), John Phillips, 1820 (f. 22) and Richard Jones Phillips, 1821 (f. 6). The volume belonged to John Phillips of Penrallt kibier [Pen yr Allt Ceibwr, p. St Dogmael's, Pembrokeshire] (inside rear cover). Two tunes - Pleasant Morning and New Durham - are accompanied by Welsh words (ff. 6 verso-8).
The source of one tune is noted as 'David Morgan's Book 1820' (f. 3 verso), and the authorship of two tunes - Abergeleu and Wonderful - is ascribed to the same individual, 1820 (ff. 16 verso, 18 verso, 19 verso). David Morgan may possibly be identified as Dafydd Siencyn Morgan (1752-1844), the Cardiganshire precentor and composer.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For a transcript, 1824-1825, by Richard Jones Phillips, Penrallt Kiber, of a printed medical treatise, see NLW MS 22751A.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23983A.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw;

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