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The booke of common prayer (G.4.17)

The booke of common prayer (1636) bound with MS tenor part book of 16th and 17th century English sacred music.

Comprises a 1636 edition of the Book of Common Prayer in addition to a seventeenth-century printed programme of the Queens’ College benefactors service, and nearly 50 leaves of hand-written tenor parts from a large selection of English church music. For more information see Queens' Old Library Blog post.

We are grateful to DIAMM who have digitised this document in full and to EECM for providing the funding. The part book will shortly be available to view online in full via DIAMM.



Queens' College Library Donors Book (MS 47)

Gifts to the college library between 1562 and 1820

The Queens’ College Donors Book was first created in 1631. Although primarily a record of 17th century gifts, the volume provides a retrospective of gifts dating back to 1562. The final entry was made in 1820. Alongside the need to acknowledge the generosity of donors, this volume also reveals the College’s aspiration to record and map the on-going history and development of its prestigious library. Similar donors’ books were first drawn up by several other Oxbridge colleges in the 17th century.