Papers Relating to Musical Theory

Scope and Content

Writings and tables relating to musical theory, ca. 1777-1808; one volume by William Boyce, six by Marmaduke Overend, and two by J.W. Callcott. Workings by John Farey appear throughout.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Boyce (1710-1779) was a musician. Marmaduke Overend (d 1790), organist and composer, was a pupil of William Boyce. John Wall Callcott (1766-1821) was a composer. John Farey (1766-1826), principally a geologist, wrote articles on many subjects, including music. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought from the Royal Institution by the Friends of the Bodleian in 1972.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38967-75.

Custodial History

The papers were given by Callcott in 1807-8 to the library of the Royal Institution.