National Library of Ireland LO 1635, part of the Joly Gift.
Printed after 1742; a single partial untitled undated section survives. Known variously as “Compositions of Carolan” or the “Carolan-Delaney Fragment”, this unique copy of an Irish printed book contains 14 pages (numbered 6-19) with no date or title. It is printed in folio on one side of the paper only. All the music faces the centre, so the first 7 leaves show verso only, the last 7 recto only. It has 23 tunes, all commonly attributed to Carolan, and all with unusual basses that, although not “authentic” harp basses, certainly seem to have Gaelic features.
This book was once thought to have been printed by the Neal brothers in 1721. However the paper can be dated by watermark to 1742, giving an earliest possible date for the printing. An otherwise unknown book of Carolan tunes were published by Dennis Connor of Dublin in 1748, in association with Carolan’s son and Dr. Patrick Delaney. Grainne Yeats has argued that this is our fragment.
A complete facsimile or edition has never been published, but facsimiles of individual pages can be found as listed below.
Gaelic harp music in this source
Many of the tunes in this publication are elsewhere attributed to Carolan; the others seem stylistically similar enough that they are usually accepted as his, though it is worth noting that his name doesnot appear in this source. This is a complete list of the contents. The DOSC number given for each tune is the reference to Donal O’Sullivan's numbered catalogue of tunes in his Carolan, the Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1958, repr. Celtic Music, 1991, & Ossian, 2001.
No.6-7 / p.1-2 Mr. James Betagh & Jigg to the above
No.7 / p.2 Lady Athenry
No.8 / p.3 John Drudy
No.8 / p.3 Miss Betty Mc.Neal
No.8-9 / p.3-4 Mr. Hugh O Donnel
No.9 / p.4 Mrs Fallen
No.9-10 / p.4-5 Mr John Reily
No.10 / p.5 Plansty Bourk
No.10-11 / p.5-6 Mr Daniel Kelly
No.11 / p.6 Mrs Delany
No.12 / p.7 O Flin
No.12 / p.7 Mr Wm Eckles
No.13 / p.8 Mrs Farrel
No.13 / p.8 Genl. Winne & Jigg
No.14 / p.9 Sr Arthur Shean
No.14 / p.9 Mr. Baptis[...]
No.15 / p.10 Morgan Mc Gann Esqr & jigg
No.15-16 / p.10-11 Michl Connor Esqr & jigg
No.16 / p.11 Mrs Maxwell
No.17 / p.12 Mr Connor
No.18 / p.13 Doctor Hart
No.18-19 / p.13-14 Mr Molone
No.19 / p.14 Fairy Queen