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Manuscript containing directions for various dances.

Identifier: MS.3860

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: directions for dancing quadrilles, waltzes, reels, and country dances: 'Contre-danses à Paris, 1818' (folio 1); 'Country Dances' (folio 49); 'A selection of reel steps or steps for setting, 1818'. The paper is watermarked 1820 and later. Additions dated 1849 occur on folios 10, 36-37. 'Note, 1818' (folio 12) gives an account of the introduction of the French waltz and quadrille into England after the Napoleonic War and of an incident which led to the disrepute of the waltz in Scotland.


  • Creation: 1818-1849.

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165 Leaves ; Octavo.

Language of Materials



165 folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1948, by the Robin Hood Film Unit.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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