Simpson, Christopher | The Division-Viol | Second Edition (1665)

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The Art of Playing ex tempore upon a Ground divided into three parts

Instrumentation: viole de gambe (basse), basse continue

Edition: Facsimile | London, W. Godbid, 1655

1 volume, 89 pages | N&B

A set of practical instructions to play the Viol, organised into three sections: Of the Viol it self, with Instructions how to Play upon it; Use of the Concords, or a Compendium of Descant; and The Method of ordering Division to a Ground.

The second edition, published in 1665, is a parallel text in English and Latin, thus addressing both the British and continental European markets. It was a highly successful publication and continued to appear in new editions for sixty years after the death of its author.

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